How to properly classify female sexual dysfunctions?

Authors: MUDr. Zlatko Pastor, Ph.D. 1,2,3
Authors‘ workplace: Nestátní zdravotnické zařízení GONA, Praha, primář MUDr. Zlatko Pastor, Ph. D. 1;  Sexuologický ústav 1. LF UK a VFN, Praha, přednosta doc. MUDr. Michal Pohanka, Ph. D. 2;  Gynekologicko-porodnická klinika 2. LF UK a FN v Motole, Praha, přednosta prof. MUDr. Lukáš Rob, CSc. 3
Published in: Prakt Gyn 2015; 19(1): 60-65
Category: Sexuology: Review Article


Female sexual dysfunctions involve heterogenous range of problems, which may decrease quality of life, and bring interpersonal, relationship and reproductive issues. Its precise etiopathogenesis is not mostly known. They are characterized by phenomenological methods and divided by symptomatology. The article compares three current international female sexual dysfunction classification systems based on the type of their definition. Their mutual compatibility is critically evaluated and differences in approach to these issues are highlighted. Particular emphasis is placed on the evaluation of sexual dysfunction set by new revised version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (51,2,3 th Edition). Overview and comparison of current classifications should contribute to a better use of these systems in clinical practice.

Key words:
classification – diagnostic and statistical manual – female sexual dysfunctions


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