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Chapter 20. Sexual Dysfunctions

Richard Balon, M.D.; Robert Segraves, M.D., Ph.D.
DOI: 10.1176/appi.books.9781585625031.682032

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Along with eating and sleeping, sex/reproduction is one of the three basic drives. For most humans sex and sexuality play a larger role than reproduction. Sexuality is also the capacity to have erotic experiences and responses. Sexuality plays a significant role in relationships between humans, is a part of social behavior, and provides pleasure to many people. Healthy sexual functioning is considered to be a part of good overall health. Sexuality permeates many aspects of life, including relationships, physical and mental health, and reproduction, as well as moral, legal, philosophical, religious, and other aspects of life.

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