Sexual Dysfunction in Women
Sexual dysfunction is defined as a physical or psychological problem that inhibits your or your partner’s sexual gratification. An estimated 38% to 63% of women struggle with this, making it a prevalent issue among people today. However, many women are often embarrassed or uncomfortable speaking about sexual dysfunction to their doctors, causing many cases of this condition to go untreated.
A satisfying sex life is an important component of your overall wellness. Understanding the causes of sexual dysfunction in women may help you better understand the condition and seek out the care that you need to regain your sexual health.
The most common causes of sexual dysfunction in women include:
Hormones play a key role in women’s sexual health. If hormonal changes occur, often due to menopause or pregnancy, symptoms including vaginal dryness and reduced sensation can occur. Vaginal dryness can make sex painful, while reduced sensation during sex can make it more difficult for a woman to climax. Hormone replacement therapy is often helpful for women who are suffering from sexual dysfunction after menopause.
Mental Health Concerns
Mental and emotional health largely impact a woman’s experience in intimate settings. As a result, mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, previous sexual abuse, stress, and poor self-esteem may cause low libido and difficulty reaching orgasm.
Certain medications can disrupt sexual function and make it difficult for a woman to reach orgasm. Examples of these medications include antidepressants, high blood pressure medications, some cancer medications, steroids, epilepsy medications, UTI medications, and antipsychotic medications.
Certain health conditions including diabetes, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, thyroid disease, and arthritis can cause sexual dysfunction. Women with these conditions may struggle to enjoy sexual experiences.
If you’re experiencing sexual dysfunction, consider speaking to Dr. Hayes at the Visionary Centre for Women. We offer a variety of treatments that can enhance your comfort and satisfaction during sex. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!