If you’ve been alive for the past fifteen years and owned a television at any point, you’ve probably seen at least one commercial for men suffering from erectile dysfunction. The idea of men having this issue and doctors creating treatments to correct it is now commonplace in our society. With all this talk about men, some of you may be asking: What about women?
That is a very good question.
While men’s issues with sexuality and sexual desire are well known, sexual desire in women is rarely discussed seriously or openly. But it is a problem. Whether we want to talk about it or not. Women suffer just as much as men from sexual dysfunction. So, in the spirit of openness, we’re lifting the veil on female sexual dysfunction. Listed below are the common types of sexual problems women face. We’ll also let you in on new treatments that can help.
Without further ado, let us begin.
Female Sexual Arousal Disorder: Women who suffer from this may want to have sex but have difficulty becoming aroused. As many as 5% of Women have been diagnosed with FSAD. That doesn’t sound like much until you realize it’s nearly 1 in 20!
Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder: This sometimes accompanies FSAD but not always. Around 10% of women suffer from decreased sexual desire. And that’s only the women who claim that their lives are negatively affected by the inability to become aroused. Though some don’t see the difficulty with arousal as a serious problem, it’s important to remember, female arousal doesn’t just make sex more fun. It’s been proven that better sex leads to increased energy, creativity and confidence as well as an improvement in overall health.
Female Orgasmic Disorder: Women who deal with Female Orgasmic Disorder are able to become aroused but have difficulty reaching orgasm. 5% of women report having this disorder.
Dyspareunia- This occurs when a woman feels significant pain with intercourse. This is the most common form of Female Sexual Dysfunction. The rate of dyspareunia in women rose from 1 in 10 in 2010 to 1 in 5 in 2011 according to an April 2011 edition of Obstetrics and Gynecology. If you or anyone you know is dealing with any of these types of sexual dysfunction, you don’t have to live with it. There are hormone-based treatments as well as new technologies like the O-shot that can help reduce the symptoms of female sexual dysfunction. If you’ve “lost that lovin’ feelin’” talk to your doctor openly and honestly about your symptoms.
Or, schedule an appointment with us at Ladies First. Being open about female sexual health is the first step to solving the problem!