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Sexual Dysfunction in Women

When it comes to sex, even women can experience problems with their sex life. Sexual dysfunction in women can keep them away from enjoying sex.

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There are many problems faced by women such as lack of sexual desire, lack of orgasm, inability to reach sexual climax or inability to get aroused as well as suffering from a painful intercourse.

These sexual problems may either be due to physical or psychological causes. Let us go through more information and learn about sexual dysfunction in women.

Definition

Female sexual dysfunction is a condition where a woman experiences persistent and recurrent problems with her sexual desires or responses. This causes a lot of distress as well as may lead to problems with her partner.

Most women experience some or the other sexual dysfunction problems at some point in their lives. These problems may occur for a certain period or become an ongoing problem.

Types of Female Sexual Dysfunctions

A woman can experience either or more than one type of sexual dysfunction. These types include:

  • Low or no sexual libido.
  • Problems with sexual arousal or maintaining sexual arousal during the act.
  • Persistent or recurring difficulty in achieving orgasm after getting aroused and stimulated.
  • Pain due to or during sexual stimulation or vaginal contact.

What Causes Female Sexual Dysfunction?

Physical or psychological problems can cause sexual dysfunction.

Physical Causes:

There are many physical problems that may lead to decrease in sexual function. These include:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart problems
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Kidney or liver failure
  • Alcoholism
  • Drug abuse
  • Side effects of certain medications
  • Depression

Psychological Causes:

Psychological causes can induce inability to perform in bed. These causes include:

  • Stress due to relationship problems, marital discord, work-related issues, children, family responsibility, etc.
  • Feeling of guilt
  • Past or current sexual trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Lack of feelings for partner
  • Aging
  • Low self-esteem
  • Questions about sexual orientation
  • Problems about body image

Other problems that may interfere with sexual desire include:

  • Lack of sex education
  • Family or cultural issues
  • Taboos set by the society
  • Lack of privacy
  • Partner who is rough or insensitive about the female desires and need in bed

Diagnosis of Female Sexual Dysfunction

The doctor will discuss all the issues faced by you that includes your personal and sexual life. It will be wise to be truthful and open about the discussion as it will help you find a solution to your problem. The doctor will also conduct a pelvic examination to find any physical problem that may be affecting your sexual life. A Pap smear may be performed to check for cervical cancer or a pre-cancerous condition that may be causing pain during sex.

Treatment for Female Sexual Dysfunction

Most of the time, sexual dysfunction in women is treated by correcting the underlying physical or psychological problem.

The treatment focuses on:

  • Educating the affected person about her body, anatomy as well as the changes that may occur in her due to sexual behaviors and responses. This will help overcome any anxiety that she may have regarding her performance or any taboo in her mind.
  • Asking the affected women to read or watch erotic material to gain better understanding regarding the sexual routines
  • Finding relaxation techniques like music, exercises or meditation to calm the mind and become stress-free before having an intercourse.
  • Trying sensual massages or bathing together with the partner to promote intimacy and comfort level.
  • Use of vaginal lubricants to reduce the pain due to friction during penetration.

Sexual dysfunction in women can cause many problems for the women as it may lead to relationship problems and development of negative self-image. Thus, make sure you speak to a trusted and experienced healthcare provider and get yourself evaluated. This will help you overcome your problem and enjoy a better sex life.

Written by: Batul nafisa

Date last updated: August 17, 2015