Sexual Dysfunction

Some common causes of sexual problems in women include the following:

  • Aging — A woman’s libido (another term for interest in and desire for sex) and sexual activity sometimes decrease with age. This decrease is normal and usually is not a cause for concern, but problems can arise if one partner in a relationship desires sex more often than the other.
  • Hormonal changes — Changes in hormones at certain times of a woman’s life may cause changes in her interest in or response to sex. For example, decreased estrogen levels (such as during perimenopause and menopause) may cause vaginal dryness and lead to pain during intercourse.
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Relationship problems
  • Illness, including depression
  • Past negative sexual experiences

“Female sexual dysfunction” is a general term for a problem with interest in or response to sex. Sexual problems fall into four groups, which often overlap:

  1. Desire problems
  2. Arousal problems
  3. Orgasmic problems
  4. Sexual pain disorder

Each type of female sexual dysfunction is treated differently. Sexual problems may overlap, and treatment can be complex. Treatment may include changing existing medications or taking a new medication, such as estrogen to treat vaginal dryness. If a medical problem is suspected, you may need to have treatment directed at that specific problem. You may have a physical examination and a pelvic exam. If you have pain during intercourse, your healthcare professional may try to re-create this pain by touch. Depending on your symptoms, you may have a blood test to measure hormone levels. You may be referred to another health care professional for other tests or specialized treatment.

This information was provided by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. For more information on sexual dysfunction click HERE.

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