Key Forms of Female Sexual Dysfunction

Disorders of sexual desire: especially in men than in women, sexual desire fluctuates throughout life, and it is quite normal because sexual desire is a highly complex phenomenon. It depends greatly on the state of the relationship, physical health and the mood or the events that punctuate life (pregnancy, bereavement, etc.). Whatever its origin, a prolonged decline in sexual desire can affect the psyche, self-esteem, and marital relations.

Coital pain or dyspareunia: some women experience persistent pain during intercourse or after it, either in the vagina, clitoris or labia. Sometimes the muscles of the vagina contract in a spasm of pain during penetration, a reaction called vaginismus.

Orgasmic disorders: During orgasm, the muscles of the sexual organs are in a series of intense and spasmodic contractions together. Although they have a normal sexual desire and respond to sexual stimulation, some women reach orgasm with difficulty and others do not reach it at all. Those who are eager to reach simultaneous orgasm with their partner, but who do not mange in this task, should not consider this as a sexual dysfunction. There are few couples who experience it, at least as quickly and consistently than can be expected in erotic scenes or movies.

States or situations that cause sexual dysfunction

Major Situations

Decline in sex hormones at menopause or after removal of the genitals: the oestrogen and testosterone hormones – women also produce testosterone, but in smaller quantities than men – both seem to play an important role in sexual desire. The transition to menopause, whether natural or caused by surgical removal of the uterus and ovaries, decreases the production of these hormones. For some women, it causes a decrease in libido. In addition, the gradual disappearance of menstruation to menopause gives way to dryness of vaginal mucous and to slower vagina lubrication during sexual stimulation. This can make sex difficult and painful if nothing is done to remedy the situation.

NB: anorexia and lack of menstruation (amenorrhea) also reduce the production of hormones by the ovaries, which dries out the vaginal mucosa.

Pregnancy: normally, pregnancy is far from being an obstacle to sex life. During the first trimester of pregnancy, sexual desire pines away in many women because of nausea, vomiting, anxiety and pain in breasts. From the second quarter, it tends to increase because the vagina and perineum expansion and their blood irrigation (better than normal) facilitate sexual stimulation. The increase in libido is also due to the oestrogen hormone which is higher during pregnancy. With the imminent arrival of baby and the increasing body transformations, desire tends to decline again. Sexual desire fluctuates also after delivery, depending on several factors (were there complications during childbirth? Was an episiotomy practiced? Is the child healthy? Etc) Moreover, confinement reduces the tonus of the vaginal muscles that work together to achieve orgasm, thus, the new mother may take several weeks to regain all her enjoyment capacities.

Diseases that affect or are related to the genitals: women who have a yeast infection, urinary infection, a sexually transmitted infection or Vestibulitis (inflammation of the mucous membranes that surround the vaginal entrance) experience painful sex because of the vaginal discomfort and the dryness of mucous membranes caused by these diseases. Endometriosis is another condition that causes coital pain. Moreover, being allergic to certain tissues, the spermicide or latex condoms cause pain during intercourse.

Herbal treatment may be a very effective solution to cure female sexual dysfunctions. Herbal formulations are generally shaped on herbal capsules for women that effectively work on eliminating female sexual disorders and increasing sexual desire by increasing blood flow to the vaginal area. This process is achieved by working on major hormones that include testosterone and estrogen. Herbal therapy has the huge advantage to be totally free from any side-effect, thus it is very safe for health.

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