At the Center for Women’s Integrated Health, we believe sexuality is an integral part of human functioning that impacts quality of life.

Our team of specialists offers a personalized approach to care for female sexual dysfunction (FSD), helping our patients address both physical and emotional barriers to sexual functioning.

Signs and Symptoms of Sexual Dysfunction in Women

Female sexual dysfunction is characterized by short-term or chronic sexual difficulties that contribute to personal distress, including:

  • Decreased desire
  • Decreased or absent arousal
  • Inability to have an orgasm
  • Pain with intercourse

Understanding Female Sexual Dysfunction

How common is female sexual dysfunction?

Studies estimate that in the United States, more than 40% of women between ages 18 and 59 experienced sexual dysfunction — yet, only 20% seek medical help. The incidence increases as women age and go through the menopause transition.

What are common causes of female sexual dysfunction?

It’s not always easy to understand the causes of female sexual dysfunction. Many factors — including chronic disease, emotional concerns, certain medications, hormonal disorders, religious or cultural beliefs, partnered relationship concerns, and a history of physical or emotional abuse — can play a role. However, for many women, sexual dysfunction occurs in the absence of any of these factors.

Why is female sexual dysfunction more common during and after menopause?

Menopause lowers levels of estrogen and testosterone in your body, which can also lower your sex drive.

How is sexual dysfunction treated in women?

Our goal is to help you understand any underlying factors causing you to experience sexual dysfunction, and offer recommendations specific to your sexual health goals and needs.

Your doctor may suggest that you start by:

  • Communicating more openly with your partner to understand each other’s concerns and needs
  • Identifying and addressing possible lifestyle and wellness triggers, such as excessive alcohol consumption, high stress, poor sleep quality and not getting enough exercise
  • Considering lubricants or devices to minimize discomfort or help you enjoy sexual intercourse more

Counseling or therapy, especially with a professional who specializes in sexual health, is a common recommendation for individuals and often the couple experiencing female sexual dysfunction

If a medical condition or hormonal change is the underlying cause of your sexual dysfunction, your doctor can help you understand your medication options and common side effects. Especially if you have complex health challenges, our gynecologists can partner with other women’s health experts to personalize an effective treatment plan for you.

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