DSM 5: Sexual Dysfunction

The DSM-5 has the following new Sexual Dysfunctions diagnoses.

Female Sexual Interest/Arousal Disorder: combines the DSM-IV female “sexual desire” and “arousal” disorders with the reasoning that the distinction between certain phases may be artificial. In order to prevent overdiagnosis of these disorders, a minimum of 6 months duration and precise severity criteria have been added.

Genito-Pelvic Pain/Penetration Disorder: combines the DSM-IV similar two diagnoses “vaginismus” and “dyspareunia”.

DSM-IV “Sexual Aversion Disorder”: removed in the DSM-5 due to lack of supporting research.


By Dr. Terra Caudill, MD, MS