Sexual Dysfunction

Possible Effects

Female Sexual Arousal Disorder (usually but not always accompanies Sexual Desire Disorder). Women who suffer with this may want to have sex but have much difficulty finding the pleasure of arousal

Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (Low desire) Approximately 10% of women suffer with this problem. Important: Suffering with a sexual disorder does not simply make sex not fun. Better sex leads to more energy, more creativity, increased confidence, less depression, and improved overall health.

Female Orgasmic Disorder: Here women can become aroused but have much difficulty with orgasm. This can be so frustrating that sex becomes a frustration that they may tend avoid.

Dyspareunia: Here the woman suffers with real pain with sex (not from decreased lubrication or vaginal spasm).

Urinary Stress Incontinence

Why Women Suffer Even After Seeing the Gynecologist?

Research shows that only about 14% of women EVER talk to ANY of their physicians about sex. With around 4 in 10 suffering from a sexual disorder, why do only about 1 in 10 ever talk to their physician about sex?

According to Practice Bulletin in Obstetrics and Gynecology, the reason may be that (with the exception of short-term hormone replacement) research shows few proven treatment options. Both physician and patient would be discouraged by discussing a problem for which there is no proven solution–so the doctor just doesn’t ask.

Why Women Suffer Even After Seeing the Gynecologist?

Sexual Dysfunction in Females: Sexual dysfunction is a problem that occurs during a particular phase of the sexual response mechanism. It prevents the individual either from achieving climax or participating in sexual intercourse altogether. Sexual dysfunction in women is a growing and common problem in the current times. Around 40% of women report some sort of a sexual dysfunction. However, it largely remains a topic that is shied away from by most affected women. The causes of sexual dysfunction in females often overlap with each other.

Following are some of the most cited ones:

Psychological factors: These factors include stress, anxiety, depression or guilt that could be a result of personal or professional difficulties.

Physical factors: Certain medical or physical conditions can cause sexual dysfunction in females. These might include hormonal imbalances, drug abuse, heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, menopause etc.

Antidepressants: The link between sexual dysfunction and antidepressants has grown stronger with time. These are often responsible for sexual dysfunction. Antihistamines and chemotherapy drugs also contribute to the cause.

Hormones: Post menopause, lower estrogen levels lead to reduced sexual responsiveness. Vaginal sensation reduces and vaginal lining becomes less elastic.

Birth control pills: Many times birth control pills can also be a cause reduced sexual drive in women. How does it affect women? The most common symptoms and problems in females as a result of sexual dysfunction include:

Painful sexual intercourse: Pain during sexual intercourse can be caused by a number of problems like vaginismus, vaginal atrophy, ovarian cysts, STDs or lack of sufficient lubrication.

Reduced sex drive: A lack in sexual desire or interest in sexual intercourse is a major symptom of sexual dysfunction. Factors like medical conditions, hormonal changes, depression, stress, pregnancy or anxiety could lead to reduced libido.

Anorgasmia: The absence of sexual climax is anorgasmia in women. This could be a result of inexperience, inhibition or depression and anxiety.

Inability to get aroused: This could be either due to anxiety or inadequate vaginal lubrication. Often, increased foreplay doesn’t seem to be able to tackle the problem.