Female Sexual Disfunction Disorder
Today we’re going to face the elephant in the room.
Sexual dysfunction includes pain during intercourse, involuntary painful contraction (spasm) of the muscles around the vagina, and lack of interest in (desire for) sex and problems with arousal or orgasm. For a sexual dysfunction disorder to be diagnosed, these problems must cause distress to the woman.
Sexual dysfunction can occur at any age. It can occur only in certain situations, or in all situations. It can be related to physiology, emotions, beliefs, lifestyle, and relationships. It can affect desire, arousal, satisfaction, orgasm, and pain.
Causes are often interrelated, and can include:
Female sexual dysfunction can be characterized by at least one of the following:
Some basic questions to ask your provider about your sexual concerns include:
Lifestyle and home remedies
To boost your sexual health, find ways to be comfortable with your sexuality, improve your self-esteem and accept your body. Try practicing these healthy lifestyle habits:
Avoid excessive alcohol. Drinking too much blunts sexual responsiveness.
Don’t smoke. Cigarette smoking restricts blood flow throughout your body. Less blood reaches your sexual organs, which means you could experience decreased sexual arousal and orgasmic response.
Be physically active. Regular aerobic exercise increases your stamina, improves your body image and elevates your mood. This can help you feel more romantic, more often.
Make time for leisure and relaxation. Learn ways to decrease stress, and allow yourself to relax amid the stresses of your daily life. Being relaxed can enhance your ability to focus on your sexual experiences and may help you attain more satisfying arousal and orgasm.
Medical treatments can include estrogen therapy, ospemifene, androgen therapy including testosterone, filbanserin (Addyi®️), bremelanotide (Vyleesi®️) to name a few.