The classic disorders of female s*xual function are briefly defined below:
Female s*xual arousal disorder: a s*xual dysfunction involving failure by a female either to attain or maintain lubrication and swelling during s*xual activity after adequate stimulation
s*xual aversion disorder feelings of repugnance for and active avoidance of private part s*xual contact with a partner, causing substantial distress or interpersonal difficulty.
hypoactive s*xual desire disorder a s*xual dysfunction consisting of persistently or recurrently low level or absence of s*xual fantasies and desire for s*xual activity.
s*xual pain disorders s*xual dysfunctions characterized by pain associated with intercourse; it includes dyspareunia and vaginismus not due to a general medical condition.
Female orgasmic disorder is the persistent or recurrent inability of a woman to have an climax (climax or s*xual release) after adequate s*xual arousal and s*xual stimulation
s*xual activity includes many intimate activities, such as fondling, self-stimulation, oral s*x, vaginal penetration and intercourse. Every woman differs in her s*xual interest, response and expression. A woman’s feelings about se*uality can change according to the circumstances and stages of her life.
Causes of s*xual dysfunctions can be psychological, physical or . to interpersonal relationships or sociocultural influences.
Psychological causes include:
stress from work or family responsibilities
concern about s*xual performance
unresolved s*xual orientation issues
. traumatic s*xual or physical experience
body image and self-esteem problems
Physical causes include:
pelvic injury or trauma
medication side effects
hormonal changes, including those . to pregnancy and menopause
alcohol or drug abuse
Influences of interpersonal relationship include:
partner performance and technique
lack of a partner
relationship quality and conflict
lack of privacy
Sociocultural influences include:
conflict with religious, personal, or family values
Treating s*xual Dysfunctions
An honest talk with your partner can relieve concerns and clear up disagreements or conflicts. It is important to discuss your s*xual needs and concerns. If the s*xual problem persists, please discuss your concerns with your health care professional. Most s*xual problems can be treated.