Female sexual dysfunction describes a persistent state of diminished sexual desire and problems with sexual response. Sexual dysfunction can cause feelings of stress, embarrassment or inadequacy, and often can affect a woman’s relationship with her partner. Our gynecologists are experienced in providing compassionate, appropriate care for women who want to take steps to gain sexual satisfaction.
Symptoms of Sexual Dysfunction
- Low sex drive, or no sex drive
- Difficulty remaining aroused during sexual activity
- Lack of orgasm
- Pain during sexual contact
It is important to note that many factors can lead to sexual dysfunction, several of which are treatable. Certain medications, including antidepressants and blood pressure drugs, can inhibit the body’s sex drive and make it difficult to reach orgasm. Changing hormonal levels due to menopause may also affect a woman’s sensitivity to sexual touch, and lubricating fluids may become thinner or absent.
Our gynecologists help women with sexual dysfunction understand how things like aging, menopause, depression, medication and physical changes can affect their sexual desire. Treatment is focused on restoring healthy sexual desire and intimacy with a woman’s partner, while educating the patient on ways to ease sexual difficulties.
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