Yes, you read the title correctly; women are also known to have sexual problems that can result in sexual dysfunction. This is where females have issues with becoming aroused, having a desire for sex, or reaching orgasm. According to surveys, it was found that while 31% of men report having sexual dysfunction, over 43% of women were found to face sexual dysfunction problems.
The only reason we don’t hear and read about female sexual dysfunction is that male sexual dysfunction is more talked about and considered socially acceptable. Another reason male sexual dysfunction is better known and understood is that it’s easier to pinpoint.
If you are a woman reading this article and find yourself experiencing one or more of these signs of female sexual dysfunction, we recommend you talk to your doctor for an accurate diagnosis. This is not something you should put off either since having sexual dysfunction might indicate that there is something else that is wrong with your health.
Now let’s take a look at five sexual health problems women face which could be a sign of female sexual dysfunction:
Difficulty Getting Sexually Aroused
Men can get turned on easily, but women are known to have greater difficulties and slow warm-up times compared to men. If you are struggling to get horny, it might be that you are anxious or haven’t had enough stimulation to get aroused. It can also be due to your partner’s sexual problems like premature ejaculation or erectile dysfunction that can put a damper on the mood. Menopause can also make it difficult to get aroused due to hormone fluctuations, and another reason for finding it difficult to get horny is having sex while being dry is painful.
You can usually find out the cause of your lack of libido by talking to a doctor who can prescribe you the right solution to getting aroused. Some of the most common ways to solve this are by helping your partner get treatment for his sexual health problem, try out sexual therapy, or taking hormonal medications.
Difficulty With Vaginal Dryness
Menopause or breastfeeding can cause changes in your hormone levels which can cause vaginal dryness in many women. In January 2010, a study was published which found that out of the 1,000 women who had completed menopause over half of the women had difficulty with vaginal dryness.
If you are having difficulty getting self-lubricated, you can use an over the counter lubricant while having sex. You should make sure that reapply the lube frequently as intercourse can cause the lubricant to be rubbed off. You can also consider using vaginal moisturizers which help lubricate the vagina. But for the best results, use both types of products together. Your doctor may also prescribe non-estrogen pills which may help vaginal dryness and pain associated with menopause.
Difficulty With Pain During Intercourse
Painful sex is not uncommon with women as a 2015 study had found that over 30% of the candidates stated that they had experienced pain while having sex. Most cases of painful sex can be attributed to vaginal dryness, but the pain can also be due to a medical issue like endometriosis or ovarian cysts. Another reason for pain during sex can be due to a condition called vaginismus which causes the involuntary tightening of the vagina when it’s penetrated.
If it’s vaginal dryness which is causing the pain, some lube can solve the problem. But if medical conditions like vaginismus, endometriosis or ovarian cysts are the reason for the pain, the doctor may recommend medications or surgery to cure the pain. You may also be asked to try pelvic floor physical therapy to alleviate your pain.
Difficult With Having Low Libido
Men are not the only ones who suffer a decline in libido as they get older since women in their 30s and above have known to experience a decline in libido as well. A study found that from a group of a thousand women between 30 and 50 in age, over half of the women admitted to having low sexual desire. Like with men, low libido can be due to a few reasons including hormone imbalance, low blood pressure, depression, and diabetes. Being unsatisfied with your relationship with your partner can also cause low libido while some meds can also cause libido levels to go down, including hormonal contraceptives and antidepressants.
If you have low libido or sex drive, talk to your medicinal practitioner who can help you find the main reason for your low libido. A therapist can help if your libido is suffering due to psychological or emotional problems. A sex therapist can also help couples make changes to their routines with new sexual habits which may improve low levels of libido for you.
Difficulty Reaching The Big ‘O’
Orgasms are considered the most important benefit and perk of having sex for most people. Unfortunately, many women find it difficult, even impossible, to reach orgasm during sex. Orgasms during penetration are often difficult to achieve for most women due to most men being unable to last long enough for women to reach orgasm. However, if you are finding it difficult to orgasm, either by vaginal penetration or clitoral stimulation, you might be experiencing hormonal changes or anxiety. Some diseases and some medications can also cause it to be difficult to reach orgasm for women.
If you are someone who is finding it difficult to have an orgasm during sex, its best to start with talking to your doctor who can help find and solve the problem causing this situation. According to a 2015 research publication, it is found that being mindful of the sensations during sex can help you achieve the big ‘O’. Also, vibrators also provide extra stimulation which can help you and your partner archive orgasm, even during penetration.
These five sexual health problems that are faced by women can help combat the growing problem of female sexual dysfunction. If you are experiencing any of the mentioned sexual health difficulties, talk to your doctor so that you can improve your sexual health for the better.
Michelle is the senior most expert who writes for this website. After completing her graduation and 10+ years of practice, Michelle has been involved and known for a lot of her philanthropy work. Michelle loves spending time researching and writing her papers. She occasionally writes for us and we are extremely proud to have her as one of our editors.