What is female sexual dysfunction?Do you have persistent, recurrent problems with sexual response or desire? If so you may suffer from female sexual dysfunction. If these problems are making you distressed or straining your relationship with your partner you are experiencing female sexual dysfunction.Female sexual dysfunction is not common – many women experience problems with sexual function at some point in their lives. Female sexual dysfunction can be a lifelong problem, or it can happen later in life after you’ve experienced a period of satisfactory functioning. In fact, several studies categorically report that sexual dysfunction is prevalent in 25%-63% of women, with one US study reporting a greater incidence in women (43%) than in men (31%).Female sexual dysfunction has many possible symptoms and causes. Fortunately, they’re almost all treatable. Communicating your concerns and understanding your body and its normal response to sexual activities are important steps towards gaining sexual satisfaction.
SymptomsIf you experience one or more of the following and you’re distressed about it you may suffer from female sexual dysfunction:
- The desire to have sex is low or absent
- You can’t maintain arousal during sexual activity, or you don’t become aroused despite a desire to have sex.
- You cannot experience an orgasm
- Having pain during sexual contact.