An Overview of Sexual Problems in Women
Most Sexual Problems in Women have symptoms at one time or another. For a few women, the symptoms are constant. But your symptoms are only a sexual problem if they bother you or cause problems in your relationship.
There is no normal level of sexual response because it’s different for every woman. You might also find that what is regular at one stage of your life changes at another stage. For example, it’s common for a tired mother of a baby to have little interest in sex. And it’s frequent for both women and men to have lower sex drives as they age.
Female sexuality is complex. At its core is a need for nearness, closeness and intimacy. Women also have physical desires. When there is a difficulty in either the emotional or physical part of your life, you can have sexual issues or difficulties.
Some common causes include:
- Emotional reasons such as relationship problems, stress, anxiety or depression, a memory of sexual abuse or rape, and sadness with your body.
- Physical causes such as pain from an injury, hormone problems or other problem, and certain conditions such as diabetes or arthritis.
- Aging, which cause conversion in the vagina, such as dryness or aridness.
- Taking certain medicines. Some medicines for depression, diabetes and blood pressure may cause sexual problems.
Symptoms of sexual problems in women include:
- Having less desire for sex.
- Having trouble feeling aroused.
- Not being able to have an orgasm.
- Having pain during sex.
You may notice a change in desire or sexual satisfaction. When this occurs, it helps to appear at what is and isn’t working in your life and in your body. Few examples of it are:
- Are you ill, or do you take a medicine that can lower your sexual desire or response?
- Are you stressed or often very tired?
- Do you have a caring, respectful connection with a partner?
- Do you and your partner have the privacy and time to relax together?
- Do you have painful memories about intimacy or sex?
It can be hard or embarrassing to talk to your doctor about this. At times it helps to write down out what you want to say before you go. For example, you may perhaps say something like, for the past few months, I have not liked sex as much as I used to. Or you can say, Ever since I started taking about that medicine, I haven’t felt the need of having sex.