Sunday, January 23, 2011

Female sexual problems

Many women have problems with sex at some stage in their life. Here's a look at some forms of female sexual dysfunction (FSD), and advice on where to get help if FSD affects you.

According to The Sexual Advice Association, sexual problems affect around 50% of women, and become more common as women get older. Dysfunction can include loss of desire, loss of arousal, problems with orgasm and pain during sex.

When identifying the reasons behind sexual dysfunction, both physical and psychological factors are explored, including a woman’s relationship with her partner.
Loss of desire

Loss of desire, or lack of sex drive, affects some women at certain times of life (such as pregnancy or times of stress). But some experience it all the time.

A lack of sex drive can have a range of physical or psychological causes, including diabetes, depression, relationship problems, hormone disorders, excessive alcohol and drug use, tiredness, and previous, traumatic sexual experience.

Sex drive can also fall if a woman’s natural testosterone levels drop. Testosterone is produced in the ovaries and adrenal glands, so levels can drop if these are removed or they're not functioning properly.

Orgasm problems

These can be divided into two types: primary (when a woman has never had an orgasm) and secondary (when a woman has had an orgasm in the past but can't now). Some women don’t need to have an orgasm to enjoy sex, but inability to reach orgasm can be a problem for some women and their partners.

Reasons why a woman can’t have an orgasm can include fear or lack of knowledge about sex, being unable to ‘let go’, not enough effective stimulation, relationship problems, mood disorders (such as depression), and previous traumatic sexual experience. Research is being done into certain medical conditions that affect the blood and nerve supply to the clitoris to see whether this affects orgasm.

Psychosexual therapy can help a woman overcome orgasm problems. It involves exploring her feelings about sex, her relationship and herself.

Pain during sex (also called dyspareunia) is common after the menopause as oestrogen levels fall and the vagina feels dry. This can affect a woman’s desire for sex, but there are creams that can help. Ask your GP or pharmacist.

Vaginismus is when muscles in or around the vagina go into spasm, making sexual intercourse painful or impossible. It can be very upsetting and distressing. Vaginismus can occur if the woman associates sex with pain or being ‘wrong’, if she's had vaginal trauma (childbirth, episiotomy), relationship problems, fear of pregnancy, or painful conditions of the vagina and the surrounding area.

Vaginismus can often be successfully treated, by focusing on sex education, counselling and the use of vaginal trainers. Vaginal trainers are cylindrical shapes inserted into the vagina. A woman will gradually use larger sizes until the largest size can be comfortably inserted.
Getting help

To establish the cause of sexual dysfunction, a doctor or therapist will need to ask you questions about your medical, sexual and social history. Your GP can carry out tests for underlying medical conditions.

If your problem is related to lack of hormones (such as testosterone or oestrogen), hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can help.

Treating other conditions such as diabetes or depression might also alleviate symptoms of sexual dysfunction.

In many cases of sexual dysfunction, sexual therapy can help. Talk with your partner about your problem, and see a therapist together if you can. Don't be embarrassed. Many people experience sexual dysfunction, and there are ways to get help.

Your GP can refer you to a therapist or you can see one privately. Look for a therapist who is a member of the Institute of Psychosexual Medicine or the British Association for Sexual and Relationship Therapy. This means they'll be fully qualified, and will make sure you get a proper check-up of physical and psychological factors.

More information
For more on sexual health, dysfunction and the menopause, read Sexual Health and the Menopause (RSM Press), edited by John Tomlinson, Margaret Rees and Tony Mander.


  1. Primary Vaginismus.
    If you have it, then your body is NOT designed for sex.

    It is God's way of telling a woman that she is DESTINED to become a nun or celibate.
    So if you have it, go on and BECOME A NUN.
    Or be CELIBATE.
    That's because it is God's way of controlling the global population. God created women with such sexual dysfunction to keep them away from sex and thus preventing conception. Unfortunately, most women don't realize it and would still go through days and weeks of therapy which is just time consuming.

    Trying to remedy your condition is against God's will.
    God does NOT want you to have sex.
    If you're a woman, don't get married & don't have sex if your VAGINA wont let you.
    God had CLOSED the gates of your virginity.
    FACE IT! You have a NUN'S VAGINA.
    It is time to give up on men and become a NUN.

    VAGINISMUS may be the answer to overpopulation.
    God truly works in strange ways.

  2. I would definitely say try new positions. the angle at which you're having sex can completely change the sensations. just try experimenting one day and see if you like anything. i had a similar problem when i first started dating my boyfriend. Took us like six months but now we're both having fun ; )
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