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PTSD Seriously Affects Sexual Abilities

Update Date: Apr 07, 2015 09:06 PM EDT

Posttraumatic stress disorder significantly decreases sexual health, according to a new study.

New research reveals that people with posttraumatic stress disorder frequently complain about having sexual problems.

 The latest findings reveal that PTSD-related biological and cognitive processes significantly influences the development of sexual dysfunction following traumatic stress.

Researchers explain that this could be because PTSD victims don't feel safe and therefore find it hard to trust and feel connected to other individuals. This can then result in problems with sexual arousal.

"It is clear that PTSD is associated with sexual problems, even among relatively young people regardless of the type of trauma they experienced," co-author Dr. Amy Lehrner said in a news release. "We need to better understand this relationship and develop new treatments for sexual dysfunction in PTSD that will improve quality of life and promote resilience among trauma survivors."

The findings are published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

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