Sexual/Libido Concerns

Sexual Dysfunction & Libido Concerns

Sexual Dysfunction & Libido ConcernsA woman’s sexual response involves a complex interplay of physiology, emotions, experiences, beliefs, lifestyle, and relationships, and when one or more of these factors is altered or disrupted, persistent, recurrent problems with sexual response or libido can be the result. Sexual dysfunction can arise from a variety of different physical and psychological factors. It often develops when the hormones are in a state of flux, such as after having a baby or during menopause. Specifically, lower estrogen levels in a woman’s body after menopause may result in decreased blood flow to the pelvic region. This can mean that a woman may require more time to build arousal and reach orgasm than she did previously. Moreover, the vaginal lining can often become thinner and less elastic, potentially reducing genital sensation and even leading to painful intercourse, a condition known as dyspareunia. A major illness, such as cancer, diabetes, or heart and blood vessel (cardiovascular) disease, can also contribute to sexual dysfunction. Proper and complete diagnosis is a necessary part of any effective treatment plan.

Many women experience sexual dysfunction at some point in their lives. It may potentially occur at any age, may last for varying amounts of time, and can encompass a variety of different symptoms ranging from low sexual desire, to an inability to become sexually aroused or to achieve orgasm, to severe pain associated with sexual stimulation or vaginal contact. If you believe that sexual problems are adversely affecting your relationships or find that they are causing you undue stress and concern, you can make an appointment with us for a comprehensive diagnosis and evaluation.

 

Sexual Dysfunction Treatment

Female sexual dysfunction has many possible symptoms and causes, so treatment can vary a great deal among individual patients. In order to fully understand how best to treat you, we will need to discuss your sexual and medical history in detail and conduct a full pelvic examination to check for physical changes that may be affecting your sexual enjoyment. The more forthcoming you can be about your concerns and your goals during this process, the better our chances will be of arriving at a treatment plan that is right for you.

Depending on your symptoms, as well as our determination of the underlying physical and/or psychological causes that are bringing them about, treatment may include hormone therapy, certain prescription medications, lifestyle changes, or even treatment for a chronic disease like kidney disease, liver failure, or alcoholism and drug abuse. In some cases, we may recommend psychological counseling to address marital or relationship problems, depression, feelings of guilt, or the effects of a past sexual trauma. Every woman is unique and there is no simple, one-size-fits-all solution. It is, above all, important to remember that you are not alone. Sexual dysfunction is a relatively common problem, with 43% of women and 31% of men reporting some degree of difficulty, but most cases are completely treatable, so it is important to share your concerns with your partner and doctor.

 

Sexual Dysfunction FAQs

When should I call my doctor about Sexual Dysfunction?
It is completely natural for women to experience varying degrees of sexual responsiveness at different periods of their lives, and it is important to keep in mind that the decision to engage in sex is always a personal choice. Sexual dysfunction is a problem only if it bothers you; if it doesn't bother you, then there is no need for medical treatment. However, in cases when persistent sexual dysfunction is causing undue stress or having an undesirable negative impact on your personal relationships, you can make an appointment with us for a comprehensive diagnosis and evaluation.

What effect does a hysterectomy have on female Sexual Dysfunction?
Many women begin to experience changes in sexual function after undergoing a hysterectomy, or the surgical removal of the uterus. These changes may include a loss of desire or a noticeable decrease in vaginal lubrication and genital sensation. These problems are often associated with the hormonal changes that occur after the loss of the uterus. A full examination can help us determine the cause of the difficulty and the best way to address it.

 

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