Sexual Dysfunction: Uncovering the Causes and Symptoms
Let’s talk about sex and satisfaction. Or rather the lack of it.
Although a number of women (an estimated 43 percent) and men (an estimated 31 percent) experience some sort of sexual dysfunction, it’s a concern that many patients don’t disclose to their physician.
So, if you are struggling with intimacy, and it’s affecting your relationship and quality of life, you are not alone and there are ways to improve your sexual function.
Keep reading to learn about the symptoms and causes of sexual dysfunction, which are often indicative of the best course of treatment.
What Is Sexual Dysfunction?
Sexual dysfunction in the inability to achieve satisfaction from sexual activity. It can occur at any point in a woman’s life and during any phase of the sexual response cycle.
This means that patients may encounter issues related to excitement, including desire and arousal, plateau, orgasm, and resolution.
What Are the Symptoms of Sexual Dysfunction in Women?
Each woman may experience sexual dysfunction differently, depending on her individual set of circumstances. However, a majority of patients present with one or more of the following concerns:
- Inability to achieve orgasm
- Vaginal dryness before and during intercourse
- Muscle tightening or tensing that prevents intercourse
- Lack of interest in or desire for sex
- Inability to become sexually aroused
- Pain with intercourse
What Causes Sexual Dysfunction?
There is a myriad of reasons for sexual dysfunction in women. All of which can become troubling and negatively impact your quality of life, confidence, and relationship with your partner.
Those that are physical may include: Medical conditions such as diabetes, heart and vascular (blood vessel) disease, neurological disorders, hormonal imbalances, chronic diseases such as kidney or liver failure, and alcoholism and drug abuse. Certain medications, like a number of antidepressants, can also affect sexual function.
Additionally, psychological factors can play a significant role is sexual dysfunction and may include: Stress, anxiety, concern about sexual performance, marital or relationship problems, depression, feelings of guilt, concerns about body image, and past sexual trauma.
If you are dealing with sexual dysfunction, please call our office today to schedule a comprehensive consultation with Dr. Melinda Hall.
Sexual dysfunction is one of her areas of expertise, and she will work with you to uncover the underlying cause and develop customized treatment plan to address these issues.