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08 Feb 2016 By AMC

Female Sexual Dysfunction: Sexual arousal and Orgasmic Disorder

Female sexual dysfunction is a prevalent and often underestimated problem in the general community. It is a generalised disorder that can be broken down into three sections; desire, arousal and orgasm. The National Health Survey has showed that 43% of participating women aged less than 60 years old had some form of sexual dysfunction. Further to this, an additional study showed that 34% of women aged 18-59 years had decreased sexual interest and 19% did not consider sexual intercourse to be pleasurable.

Until recently female sexual dysfunction was considered to be psychological in nature. It is now recognised as being multifactorial and is often associated with medical and/or surgical disorders. Factors that are considered to contribute to sexual dysfunction include physiological problems, hormonal imbalances, prescribed medications, infectious diseases, pregnancy, childbirth, menopause and stress. Many women notice a significant change in their sexual function or desire during the years immediately before or after menopause and often through the years that follow. As a result, female sexual dysfunction can be seen as an age-related problem that is primarily due to a lack of hormones, but can also be due to decreased blood flow to the genitals. Common complaints in this population include a loss of desire, diminished responsiveness, low sexual arousal and trouble reaching orgasm.

Sexual arousal disorder is a form of female sexual dysfunction that can be defined as persistent or reoccurring inability to attain, or maintain, sufficient sexual excitement, causing personal distress. This may be experienced as a lack of excitement or a lack of genital or other somatic responses. Sexual orgasmic disorder is persistent or recurrent difficulty, delay in, or absence of attaining orgasm after sufficient sexual stimulation and arousal, which causes personal distress. These disorders are separate to, and do not relate to sexual desire. Examples of arousal and orgasmic disorders include decreased clitoral or labial sensation, decreased clitoral and labial engorgement, lack of vaginal lubrication, lack of vaginal smooth muscle relaxation and difficulty reaching orgasm.

The sexual problems of older men have been addressed with a host of pharmacologic, mechanical and surgical interventions. The sexual frustrations or problems of women has only recently been identified and is only now starting to get addressed.

Until recently we have been limited to enhancing libido through internal hormone balancing, thus aiding desire and vaginal health/lubrication. Now we can offer assistance with sexual arousal and orgasm.

If the desire is there, but it takes you longer to get in the mood, let us know.

If your enjoyment of sexual intercourse is not what it used to be, we will listen.

If the sensitivity of your clitoris has decreased or you can’t find it anymore, tell us.

If you are having trouble reaching orgasm, contact us.

Speak to us today to further discuss any concerns and how we can help.