sad-girl-1382940_640-595x269Sexual dysfunction in males is an issue that receives widespread attention. Just watch the commercials during a football game; you can’t go half an hour without seeing at least two advertisements for Viagra or Cialis. There isn’t a sit-com on TV that hasn’t made a joke about male impotence—albeit at the expense of a beloved character. Each and every day, we see ads and hear dialogue concerning male sexual dysfunction, but who is talking about female sexual dysfunction?

Despite the societal acceptance of sexual dysfunction in men, problems for women seem to get swept aside, ignored and overlooked despite the problems they cause. As a result, many women are unaware that they may have a problem—a problem that is perfectly normal and treatable.

Instead of continuing to brush off sexual issues in women, it’s time to take a stand. Read on to learn more about the symptoms, causes, and possible treatments for female sexual dysfunction, and help the women in your life—or yourself—understand and overcome these issues.

Symptoms

There are a few different types of sexual dysfunction, each of which manifests different symptoms. Most commonly, sexual dysfunction starts before arousal even begins, with low libido. If you experience a lack of sexual drive that is unusual, it could be a sign of sexual dysfunction.

Somewhat less common are issues with arousal, orgasm, and even pain. Similar to male dysfunction treated by Viagra, you may find yourself unable to become aroused, even if you feel desire. Even more frustratingly, you may have trouble reaching orgasm, no matter how effective the stimulation. Finally, pain caused by intercourse can be a deterring factor.

Causes

After you have acknowledged the symptoms of sexual dysfunction, it’s time to determine what is causing them. One of the most overlooked causes of dysfunction is psychological stress. Though you may not think about it, stress and anxiety can interfere with your sexual desire and enjoyment.

More readily apparent causes are related to physical or hormonal health issues. Decreases in estrogen levels can cause a host of changes, including thinning vaginal lining, decreased blood flow to the vagina, and weakened sexual desire. Many medical conditions and medications can also cause sexual dysfunction, such as heart disease and high blood pressure.

Seeking Treatment

First and foremost, it’s important to understand that these issues are only considered sexual dysfunction if they are causing you problems or stress; if a lack of desire or arousal is not a problem for you, then treatment isn’t necessary.

For those interested in seeking treatment, there are multiple paths to improved sexual health, and which way works best for you will be determined by your specific problems and goals.

At the Women’s Wellness Institute of Dallas, our all-female staff is prepared to guide you through the process of reclaiming your sexual freedom; give us a call today and take the first step to improving the awareness of female sexual dysfunction.