Female Sexual Dysfunction

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Female sexual dysfunction refers to recurring problems with sexual desire, response, orgasm, or pain. It occurs due to a combination of factors, including emotions, experiences, relationships, physiology, and lifestyle. Additionally, female sexual dysfunction can affect women at any age, and it may be a lifelong problem or occur later in a woman’s life.

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Types of Sexual Dysfunction

Desire Disorders

There are two types of sexual desire disorders: hypoactive sexual desire disorder and sexual aversion disorder. Hypoactive sexual desire disorder involves an ongoing lack of sexual desire or limited response to sexual activity. Comparatively, sexual aversion disorder refers to a persistent aversion to genital contact with a sexual partner

Orgasmic Disorders

Orgasmic disorders refer to an ongoing delay in or absence of orgasm. There are two types of orgasmic disorders: primary and secondary. Whereas a primary orgasmic disorder refers to an inability to achieve orgasm, secondary orgasmic disorder involves the inability to achieve orgasm as the result of another type of sexual dysfunction.

Arousal Disorders

Arousal disorders make it difficult for a woman to engage in sex without sufficient lubrication. These disorders affect approximately 5% of women, and they are often linked to medical conditions or medications.

Sexual Pain Disorders

Sexual pain disorders occur due to persistent genital pain associated with sexual intercourse not caused by insufficient lubrication. They generally affect between 1% and 6% of women and are often associated with medical conditions and medications

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Treatment Options


Sexual Dysfunction Treatments

Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy

Pelvic floor therapy helps women address Levator ani syndrome, which has been shown to cause pain, pressure, and other physical problems during sex.

Treatments for Female Incontinence

Stress incontinence refers to bladder leakage that occurs due to movement that puts pressure on the bladder. It sometimes can lead to sexual problems, and a series of incontinence treatments may be used to correct this issue.

Treatments for Vaginal Atrophy

Vaginal atrophy refers to thinning, drying, and inflammation of the vaginal walls due to a lack of estrogen. Treatments to address this issue include topical estrogen, oral hormone replacement therapy, and vaginal lubricants.


Labiaplasty or Pelvic Organ Prolapse Repair

Labiaplasty is used to reduce the length of the labia. Or, pelvic organ prolapse repair may be required to address pelvic organs that push into the vaginal canal and weaken the pelvic muscles.


A ThermiVa treatment is a non-surgical female sexual dysfunction treatment that involves the use of radiofrequency energy to gently heat vaginal tissue.

Combination of Treatments

One or more of the aforementioned treatments may be used to address female sexual dysfunction.



Can female sexual dysfunction be cured?
Female sexual dysfunction is often treatable, but not all female sexual dysfunction cases can be cured.
Does acupuncture help female sexual dysfunction?

In some instances, acupuncture has been shown to help women alleviate sexual problems. However, acupuncture offers no guarantees. And if a woman experiences sexual problems, she should consult with a doctor before pursuing acupuncture or other treatments.

How common is female sexual dysfunction?
Recent research indicates female sexual dysfunction affects approximately half of all women.
Is it possible to prevent female sexual dysfunction?
Female sexual dysfunction sometimes can be prevented. For example, limiting alcohol or recreational drug consumption and keeping medical conditions like diabetes under control may help a woman reduce the risk of sexual problems.
Is female sexual dysfunction a disease?

Female sexual dysfunction is not a disease, but it may occur due to medical conditions and physical health issues.

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