Whenever you think about sexual dysfunctions, what comes to mind? If I had to guess, the first one would be erectile dysfunction. Something that is largely overlooked is that these issues affect both men and women. So, how are women affected by sexual dysfunctions? Well, that’s what we’re going to find out as we take a look at some common forms of sexual dysfunction in women as well as the effects of those dysfunctions.
1: Lack of Enthusiasm
One of the most common forms of dysfunction is a lack of desire or interest. Now, to be clear this could be the result of numerous factors. Sometimes you’re just not in the mood for sex, this isn’t a bad thing. Sometimes you’ve had a long day at work and you’re just too tired for sex. Medical conditions and stress may also contribute. On the other hand, you may just be bored with the regular routines in your sex life. It could be worth trying different sex positions to spice things up a bit. Other possible factors include pregnancy, work, and childcare.
2: Difficulty with Arousal
The inability to become physically aroused during sex doesn’t mean you don’t want to engage in sexual activity; it just means you have a hard time getting yourself psyched for the experience. This usually results from inadequate vaginal lubrication – either due to anxiety or inadequate stimulation. As an added effect, maintaining arousal during sex can also be an issue. Another possible cause is depression or lowered self-confidence. A lack of confidence would make it difficult to be excited about the prospect of sexual intercourse. Depression can sometimes inhibit responses and the usual anti-depressants may have side effects which do the same. Products such as Lovegra, otherwise known as the ‘Female Viagra’ have been shown to increase arousal in some women.
3: Orgasm Difficulty
Anorgasmia is a dysfunction in which the person is unable to…erm…well, to put it delicately; they can’t finish. This particular dysfunction can be caused by inadequate stimulation, inexperience, anxiety – possibly related to past sexual trauma or abuse, or feelings of guilt. Certain medications may also inhibit a woman from experiencing an orgasm.
4: Pain during Intercourse
Some women experience pain during intercourse and, much like the other dysfunctions, this one has a variety of sources. I’ll start with an easy one: trauma. Yes, we’re discussing trauma again. When a woman has had a negative or traumatic sexual experience (i.e. sexual assault or abuse), it can lead to severe anxiety regarding sexual encounters. This anxiety makes it difficult for her to become aroused and the poor lubrication can make the encounter very uncomfortable. Surgery can be another source for discomfort during sex as the resulting scar tissue can make intercourse painful. Scar tissue is harder and less flexible than your normal tissues and so it doesn’t stretch the same way that rest of your tissues do. This means that the vaginal canal can’t adapt to penetration as easily leading to a painful experience.
Vaginismus is another common source of pain; this is an involuntary contraction of the muscles at the vaginal entrance. These spasms are very painful and are often the result of anxiety or fear of penetration.
Sexual dysfunction is a common concern for women worldwide and while it may be embarrassing, you should confide in a doctor. It’s important to note that not every woman will have the same experience with sexual dysfunction. There are a variety of causes and effects in relation to these dysfunctions. Sexual dysfunction can be treated and if you think you’re experiencing a sexual dysfunction, it’s advisable to seek out medical help.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this article, thanks for reading!