You’re probably already aware of male sexual dysfunction, which usually comes in the form of erectile problems. But these troubles happen to women, too. We shine a light on female sexual dysfunction, looking further at the causes, and what can be done about these little-known disorders.
For women suffering from this disorder, penetration is almost impossible. Involuntary muscular spasms in the vagina prevent all attempts at penetration, whether it’s with the penis, a finger, or an object (tampons, vibrators, or gynaecological tools). Even women who have never had difficulty previously can experience this disorder at some point in their lives.
Causes: These are often psychological in nature. For example, the woman may suffer from a phobia of sexual contact, or anticipation of pain. An education forbidding sexuality, considering it shameful and degrading, can also be a factor. In addition, a traumatic event, such as sexual assault or incompatibility with a partner, can also trigger this dysfunction.
What can be done? First of all, it is crucial for a woman never to force full sexual relations if her body tells her otherwise. She must respect her own rhythm, giving herself time to relax—muscular spasms are usually a result of stress. Furthermore, it’s important to be aware of her sexuality, her body, and its sensations. Looking at her genitals in a mirror, gentling caressing and learning what gives her real pleasure can help a woman understand her sexuality, and reduce the spasms. Each woman is different and that’s why there is no standard treatment. An appointment with a sexologist can help her come to terms with the problem and find the best solution.
This disorder is characterized by persistent pain during penetration, often a sense of burning, heat, cutting or irritation. If this happens at the beginning of penetration, it is called superficial. If it occurs during deep penetrations, the cause is deeper, too. This disorder can happen at any stage in a woman’s sexual life.
Causes: These are usually physical. Endometriosis, sexually transmitted infections, ovarian cysts, vaginismus, the overuse of douches, inflammation of the cervix, vaginal infections, and scarring after labour can be some of the main causes. As a result of lowered oestrogen, menopausal women can experience vaginal dryness, which can also lead to painful intercourse.
What can be done? Each possible cause requires a different treatment, so there is no single cure for this disorder. The principal cause must first be identified. To prevent it from occurring in the first place, pay attention to any products that can create an allergic reaction in the genital region, such as perfumes, vaginal douches, or creams. A doctor should be consulted as soon as the problem occurs for a proper diagnosis.
This disease is most frequent among women. While these women can experience sexual pleasure, they cannot reach orgasm. This dysfunction can be a lifelong problem, or occur suddenly.
Causes: These are usually psychological. Experiencing an orgasm involves relinquishing control and abandoning oneself to pleasure. When a woman can’t reach orgasm, it’s often for a range of reasons. Fatigue, stress, low self-confidence, relationship or financial troubles, an unhealthy lifestyle, or lack of awareness of sexuality can all be culprits.
What to do? First, a woman should visualize how she feels during sexual relations: does she experience detachment, anxiety, discomfort, or pressure to reach orgasm? Once again, it’s important to just relax. Stress and anxiety can put a real barrier to orgasm. If the trouble persists, a sexual therapist can help analyze the problem at each stage, leading to a healthy and fulfilling sexuality.