• Conquering Libido & Sexual Difficulties - How to Embrace Your Inner Woman!

    by Renee Cotter, MD
    on Jul 29th, 2015

Many people are hesitant and possibly ashamed to discuss this topic, but sexual dysfunction affects nearly half of all women. 43% of women will experience some form of sexual problem during their life while only 31% of men will experience difficulty. Yet there is still no FDA-approved intervention for women. This week we hope to delve into this common issue to increase awareness, decrease anxiety and stigma associated with the topic, as well as provide options for treatment and management.

The medical diagnosis for women who regularly experience sexual problems is termed "Female Sexual Dysfunction".

One Definition, Four Types

The four types of Female Sexual Dysfunction are:

  1. Loss of desire - Sexual Desire Disorder
  2. Inability to orgasm - Female Orgasmic Disorder
  3. Impaired arousal - Female Sexual Arousal Disorder
  4. Sexual pain - Sexual Pain Disorder

If one or more of these is causing you personal distress, then it is possible for you to be diagnosed with female sexual dysfunction.

For many women, discussing this topic or accepting that it is an issue of theirs is like addressing the elephant in the room. We want to assure you, however, that you are not alone in your symptoms and this is not a problem that you should have to suffer through. It is truly important and can affect quality of life, relationships, and overall sense of well being.


Speedy Overview


Sexual Desire Disorder

Prevalence: 13.6% (most 40-60 yrs)

Causes: Many, very complex: combination of biology, medication, psychology

Best Treatments: Holistic management, behavior adjustment, therapy, testerone, upcoming medications


Female Orgasmic Disorder

Prevalence: 3.4% - 5.9%

Causes: Primary - trauma, genetics, none. Secondary - desire disorder, medication, guilt

Best Treatments: Masturbation, lifestyle and behavior, improve self-esteem, anatomy education


Female Sexual Arousal Disorder

Prevalence: 5%

Causes: Medical condition or medication

Best Treatments: Treatment of conditions and medication adjustment


Sexual Pain Disorder

Prevalence: 5% - 22%

*Dyspareunia Vaginismus 1% - 6%

Causes: Vaginal dryness. Vaginismus - anticipating pain

Best Treatments: Vaginal estrogen, vaginal dilators, deep muscle relaxation techniques


This brief overview is a great start to understanding Female Sexual Dysfunction. Below we will discuss in greater detail the symptoms, causes, and treatments for all four types of sexual disorders. I will especially focus on female empowerment and holistic methods to improve all areas of Female Sexual Dysfunction.

Author Renee Cotter, MD

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