Sexual dysfunction causes a lack of response and/or lack of interest in sex
Sexual health is an important component of women’s lives. Our Round Rock obgyns both diagnose and treat sexual dysfunction. We know that many women may feel uncomfortable discussing this intimate subject, but women should know that our physicians and staff handle these issues with sensitivity and confidentiality.
What causes sexual dysfunction?
Many different factors can cause sexual dysfunction. Sometimes, the problem may be caused by several interrelated problems.
Physical issues—Medical conditions such as cancer, heart disease and medications such as blood pressure medications or antidepressants can contribute to the issue.
Hormonal issues—Decreased levels of estrogen during perimenopause and menopause can cause multiple issues, including vaginal dryness.
Psychological issues—Contributing factors include mental health issues, such as untreated depression or anxiety; the stresses associated with early motherhood; marital issues; and cultural or religious issues.
Lifestyle issues—Smoking and excessive alcohol and recreational drug use can lead to sexual dysfunction.
Do certain issues or conditions increase a woman’s risk?
Women who have certain medical conditions or mental health or social issues are at an increased risk for developing problems with sexual dysfunction.
- Physical issues include cardiovascular disease, neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries and kidney or liver failure.
- Taking certain medications, including high blood pressure medications or antidepressants, can result in a low libido.
- Mental health and/or relationship issues associated with depression, anxiety, past sexual abuse and stress contribute to the issue.
In addition, perimenopausal or menopausal women are at higher risk of developing sexual dysfunction issues, especially physical problems such as vaginal dryness.
What are the four types of sexual dysfunction?
Our Round Rock obgyns diagnose women with all four types of sexual dysfunction, and some women may be dealing with more than one type.
- Desire disorders are problems with a woman’s desire to engage in any type of sexual activity, including masturbation. This also means that the woman no longer has sexual fantasies or thoughts. This type of sexual dysfunction is considered a problem if a lack of desire is concerning to a woman or is causing problems in her relationships.
- Arousal disorders occur when women discover they are no longer able to become aroused during activity and/or stay aroused. Normally, when a woman is in a state of arousal, her body experiences physical and mental changes.
- Orgasmic disorders are a type of sexual dysfunction that make it difficult to achieve an orgasm during sexual activity. This may mean she has never had an orgasm, has had them in the past, but no longer is, or her orgasms have lessened in strength or frequency.
- Sexual pain disorders can be a short- or long-term condition. The medical term for this sexual dysfunction problem is dyspareunia.
If a woman is concerned, she should not hesitate to contact our Round Rock obgyns. We have the experience and the expertise to diagnose and treat sexual dysfunction.