Sexual Dysfunction in Women

Feb 16, 2009
Sexual dysfunction is a condition that affects millions of women, while many of them are reluctant to admit the problem. There is a wide range of problems related to sex that often become an obstacle to a satisfied sex life. In women sexual dysfunction includes such conditions as lack of sexual desire, painful intercourse, lack of lubrication and inability to reach orgasm.

First of all, it is important to understand at what stage of sexual response cycle, woman experiences difficulties. The sexual response cycle starts with excitement, goes to plateau phase, which usually ends with orgasm and resolution. For example, a woman can have an increased sexual desire, but can have problems achieving orgasm or simply experience inhibited libido.

Often the problem involves not only psychological causes but other health conditions.

Lack of sexual desire

Women, experiencing decreased sexual desire often avoid or simply do not feel any urge to have sex. However, these women are capable of becoming aroused and achieve orgasm under favorable circumstances. Lack of sexual desire is often caused by certain medications( such as antidepressants), hormonal changes (low testosterone level), changes that occur during pregnancy and after childbirth, depression and stress. Psychological reasons, including relationships problems and individual characteristics may also contribute to the development of sexual dysfunction.

Sexual Arousal Disorder

Often, women who experience difficulties such as lack of vaginal lubrication during the intercourse, have problems with sexual arousal. Common causes include lack of stimulation and performance anxiety as well as problems related to sexual desire.

Orgasm Disorder

Orgasm disorders are diagnosed as difficulty achieving orgasm under any circumstance. This means that if you experience orgasm during masturbation but not during the intercourse this cannot be considered a dysfunction.

Painful intercourse

Painful intercourse includes such disorders as dyspareunia, when a woman experiences vaginal pain during the intercourse. Another condition referred to as painful intercourse is vaginismus, persistent involuntary spasms of the muscles surrounding vaginal opening, which prevents penetration. Often this sexual dysfunction is caused by emotional problems such as psychological trauma or a history of sexual abuse. It may also has physiological reasons such as untreated sexually transmitted disease, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, lack of lubrication after menopause or childbirth.

You should realize that sexual dysfunction is most often a complex problem that involves both your body and mind. Sometimes it is enough to understand the main cause of sexual dysfunction, while on other cases medical help is needed. Such health problems as obesity, diabetes, unhealthy habits (smoking or alcohol abuse), hormonal fluctuations and a wide range of medications may lead to sexual dysfunction in women.

If you think that you have sexual problem, it is important to talk openly about your concerns. For exaple if medications are the primary cause of sexual dysfunction, your doctor can recommend you to switch to another medications. If it's an emotional problem, like relationships troubles, you may need counseling or at least open communication with your partner about the problem.