Understanding and Managing Your s*xual Response
Much of the population often conflates libido with arousal. After all, if you feel satisfied with your s*x life, these aspects of your se*uality can be difficult to separate from one another.
In actuality, libido refers to your baseline interest in s*x, and may also be referred to as your s*xual appetite.
Arousal, on the other hand, refers to your physiological response to s*xual stimuli. Physical manifestations of s*xual arousal include vaginal lubrication and increased blood flow to the labia, cli**ris, and v**ina.
Can I Increase My Levels of s*xual Arousal?
One of the symptoms of decreased s*xual arousal in women is a reduced amount of vaginal lubrication. Over-the-counter vaginal lubricants can augment lubrication.
If a decrease in vaginal lubrication has been caused . menopause, hormone replacement therapy is often prescribed. While this is an approved drug therapy for this problem, however, newer research shows that this treatment also carries great risk. For this reason, personal lubrication purchased from your local pharmacy can be your safest option.
Viagra (sildenafil) and a class of medications called alpha-adrenergic blockers, such as Regitine (phentolamine), have also been shown to increase vaginal lubrication in response to s*xual stimulation. However, it should be mentioned that study after study of Viagra for various female s*xual problems have not shown an increase in s*xual pleasure in women, and it has still not been approved . the FDA for use with women.
Aside from pharmacological solutions, you can also choose behavioral therapy to help increase s*xual arousal. Such therapy is aimed at enhancing s*xual fantasies and focusing one’s attention on s*xual stimuli. If you are in an ongoing relationship, your therapist would also take a hard look at the possibility that communication problems exist in your relationship, or that your partner does not spend as much time as is needed to sexually stimulate you.
Can I Increase My Levels of s*xual Desire?
The FDA recently approved Addyi (flibanserin) for the treatment of low s*xual desire, but this approval comes after a long, hard road during which the drug’s side effects were shown to be greater than its possible benefits. Even after its approval, doctors need to go through a training process before they are able to prescribe it.
Addyi is a pill that must be taken every day. It is advised that you not drink while on Addyi, as this can lead to fainting.
Perhaps this less-than-ideal mix of high risk followed . low benefits is the reason Addyi is not exactly performing well on the market. There are those, however, who hope its approval will lead to more research into what women might be able to do with their distressingly low levels of arousal, libido, and climax frequency, or with instances of private part pain.
There have also been studies indicating that testosterone can increase s*xual desire in women whose low s*x drive is a result of the surgical removal of their ovaries. Continual treatment with testosterone does, however, carry side effects and health risks.
Another factor to consider is that, for some women, feelings of guilt and shame learned in early childhood may interfere with adult s*xual function, and may affect one or more phases of the s*xual response cycle.
In these instances, as well as in cases of s*xual abuse, psychotherapy can be beneficial. Marriage counseling or couples therapy can also be of value.