Female Sexual Dysfunction Questions and Answers
The medical office of Dr. Richard Beyerlein MD is happy to provide treatment for female sexual dysfunction. For more information, call us or schedule an appointment online. We serve patients from Eugene OR, Springfield OR, Coburg OR, Creswell OR, Cottage Grove OR, Lowell OR and Junction City, OR.
Sexual dysfunction can be challenging in numerous ways, but you should know that you are not alone in that adversity. Not only do many other people deal with sexual dysfunction, but there are also several excellent treatment options available to help you overcome whatever is causing your sexual dysfunction. Dr. Beyerlein for Women’s Health, we proudly offer female sexual dysfunction treatment to our great patients. If you are dealing with female sexual dysfunction, we would love to help you have a better and healthier sex life!
What is Female Sexual Dysfunction?
Female sexual dysfunction affects a large number of women and covers a broad range of issues regarding sexual activity. Some of these issues include a persistent or recurrent lack of sex drive, aversion to sex, difficulty achieving an orgasm, and regularly experiencing pain during intercourse. There are also many possible causes of female sexual dysfunction, including medical or physical conditions, hormonal imbalances, mental health or emotional issues, or alcohol, drug, or medication use.
Treatment for female sexual dysfunction varies according to the specific problem you are having and the cause of that problem. That being said, possible treatments for female sexual dysfunction could include any of the following:
● Kegel exercises to strengthen pelvic muscles and achieve stronger orgasm
● Hormone therapy, including androgen or estrogen therapy
● Medications, such as ospemifene (Osphena) for vulvovaginal atrophy, flibanserin (Addyi) or bremelanotide (Vyleesi) for low sexual desire in premenopausal women,
● Patient education
● Vaginal lubrication
● And more!
What are the signs of female sexual dysfunction?
In general, there are four types of female sexual dysfunction, namely, 1) desire disorders, 2) arousal disorders, 3) orgasm disorders, and 4) pain disorders. As such, some of the common signs and symptoms of female sexual dysfunction include the following:
● Difficulty or inability to become sexually aroused or maintain arousal
● Inability to have an orgasm or a persistent or recurrent difficulty in achieving orgasm
● Little or no sexual desire
● Moderate to severe pain associated with vaginal contact or penetration on a regular basis
What causes a woman not to be sexually active?
There are many possible causes and explanations for why you or a person you care about is not sexually active or lacks sexual desire. While female sexual dysfunction appears more frequently in women who are between 40 and 50 years of age, it is also relatively common in women who are in their 20s and 30s. As such, although age can be a factor in female sexual dysfunction, there are generally other conditions involved that cause a lack of sexual desire or other issues pertaining to sexual activity. These causes and conditions can range from physical conditions and medications to mental illness or negative sexual experiences. Some potential causes could include any of the following:
● Alcohol or drug use
● Anxiety or depression
● Heart disease
● Hormonal changes during pregnancy, after childbirth, while breastfeeding, or due to menopause
● Hormonal imbalances
● Kidney or liver failure
● Medications, such as antidepressants, antipsychotics, cancer, epilepsy, or high blood pressure medication, or steroids
● Multiple sclerosis (MS)
● Neurological disorders
● Past sexual abuse or trauma
● Scarring from surgery
● Thyroid disease
● Vaginal dryness or scarring
● Vulvovaginal atrophy
For more information on possible sexual dysfunction treatments, come to Dr. Beyerlein’s office today, or feel free to call us!