Having female sexual dysfunction can be bothersome, a terrible condition similar to erectile
dysfunction in men. Inadequate sexual function in women can be a complex problem that can have
many different causes. An estimated 40% of women suffer from sexual dysfunction, and might be
caused by any physical illness, or may be linked to psychological factors. This condition mainly
affects a woman’s sexual health, and has symptoms including lack of sexual desire, inability to
enjoy sex, insufficient vaginal lubrication, and even failure to have an orgasm.
Also known as Female Sexual Arousal Disorder (FSAD), this condition still makes women
psychologically desire for sex, but their genital area fails to respond normally, making it
painful or impossible to have sex. When men and women normally get aroused, their genitals become
engorged with blood. For women, this results in the enlargement of the clitoris and surrounding
tissues (comparable to a male erection), secretion of vaginal lubrication, and relaxation and
widening of the vaginal opening for intercourse.
A woman’s sexual health is affected by a number of other health conditions. In this case, FSAD
can result from an underlying medical condition such as high blood pressure or diabetes. This can
also be caused by certain irritations, infections, and growth in the vaginal area. It can also be
a negative physiological reaction to certain birth control methods. This condition may also be
caused by medications used to treat high blood pressure, peptic ulcers, depression, anxiety, or
cancer. Another reason may be due to a combination of physical, hormonal, or emotional changes
that occur during or after pregnancy, or while breast feeding. In addition, FSAD can also be
linked to several psychological causes including depression, poor self-esteem, sexual abuse, fear
of pregnancy, inadequate or ineffective foreplay, feelings of shame or guilt about sex, or stress
For treatment of FSAD, on going research has suggested that the use of Viagra for treating sexual
disorders in women helps increase blood flow, thereby increasing physical stimulation in the
genital area. However, researchers are still waiting for evidence that Viagra could actually work
on women. For now, physicians concentrate on eliminating medications that might have a negative
impact on a woman’s sexual health. Doctors also review the effects of certain contraceptive
methods that can be a possible factor for FSAD.
For women who suffer from vaginal dryness, it is recommended for them to use lubricants before
having sexual intercourse in order to prevent pain. On the other hand, some physicians recommend
women to practice Kegel Exercises, a form of exercise that helps in developing the muscles around
the outer part of the vagina. These muscles are involved in the production of pleasurable
sensations. Adding to this, psychological counseling can also play an integral role in treating
women with sexual problems, including FSAD. Coaching in sexual foreplay as well as stimulation
techniques can also contribute to the wellness of a woman who suffers from FSAD.
Upon knowing all these, women can now become more aware of this sexual health condition that
might be experienced by many, but is often misunderstood. Consulting one’s physician may be the
best way to know more about FSAD. Constant check-up sessions with the physician or gynecologist
will also help women prevent or address such a frustrating sexual condition.