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Female Sexual Arousal Disorder: lack of sexual arousal     

Female Sexual Arousal Disorder is the lack of sexual arousal or the inability to maintain arousal during sex. This condition is also known as frigidity and is accompanied by the absence of or insufficient lubrication during sexual intercourse. Women with this disorder show a persistent pattern of loss in sexual activity which can be a rather debilitating condition for both partners. It is estimated that almost 25 percent of women in the United States are affected by this disorder and are unable to get turned on or show a strong disinclination towards sexual activity.

Causes of Female Sexual Arousal Disorder:

There are various causes for the development of this disorder ranging from physical to psychological.

Insufficient lubrication which may occur in the absence of enough foreplay and is also caused by various other factors such as lowered levels of estrogen after menopause, childbirth or breastfeeding.

Intake of various medications such as antidepressants, drugs for high blood pressure, birth control pills.

Pain during sex following a pelvic surgery, accident, episiotomy. Etc.

Vaginal infection such as eczema, urinary tract infection, candidiasis, chlamydia thrychomonas, endometriosis etc.

Anxiety, stress, depression

Unresolved relationship issues

History of sexual or physical abuse in the past leading to negative memories about sexual intercourse.

Intake of alcohol or cigarette smoking.

Symptoms:

The symptoms of Female sexual desire disorder vary from woman to woman. These can include painful coitus, inability to attain sexual arousal, inability to attain adequate lubrication or the complete deviation to any form of sexual activity. It is best for one to consult a professional sexologist in order t deal with the disorder and get it treated at the earliest.

Treatment ofFemale Sexual Arousal Disorder:

Treatment procedures for this disorder vary form individual to individual depending upon the symptoms. The sexologist may suggest reading or watching erotic materials, use of sensual materials during foreplay such as an erotic massage, position changes to reduce pain may be recommended, exercises to strengthen the muscles of the vagina and clitoris, use of lubricants to reduce friction, estrogen replacement therapy, testosterone therapy or dietary changes.

Therapy may comprise of psychotherapy in order to deal with issues related to sexual abuse or negative sexual experiences. If there are any unresolved issues between the partners, these too can be resolved with the help of therapy.

 
 

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