• In a multiaxial system for classifying the sexual dysfunctions, the axes specify sexual problems associated with the desire, arousal, and orgasm phases of the sexual response cycle, as well as types of coital pain, dissatisfaction with the frequency of sex, and certain other information relevant to sexual functioning. In contrast to DSM-III and other existing diagnostic systems for sexual dysfunctions, this new multiaxial system is based on highly specific empirical descriptions of sexual behavior. There are no inferences made about the cause of the dysfunctions.
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