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Female Orgasmic Disorder

Female Orgasmic Disorder (FOD) is a condition that can cause a great deal of stress and dissatisfaction in a woman’s sexual experience. It is defined by the delay or complete absence of orgasm, sometimes even when there has been sufficient arousal. There are two types of Female Orgasmic Disorder: primary and secondary. Primary Female Orgasmic Disorder is diagnosed when a woman has never experienced an orgasm in her life. Secondary Female Orgasmic Disorder is diagnosed when a female loses the ability to reach climax after having experienced it before.

Common Symptoms of Female Orgasmic Disorder:

  • Painful intercourse
  • Lack of sufficient lubrication
  • Lack of interest in sexual activity, disappointment
  • Inability to have an orgasm even with adequate stimulation
  • Delay in achieving orgasm despite satisfying experiences
  • Marked stress, tension or dissatisfaction in interpersonal relationships

Causes of Female Orgasmic Disorder

Causes of Female Orgasmic Disorder are still unknown, but they are believed to be related to psychological problems. Remember, it’s normal for a woman to not experience an orgasm all the time; but if it is a consistently reoccurring event that causes distress, then it’s important to evaluate what the cause may be. Psychological, emotional, physical and sexual abuse can all contribute to the disorder. Anxiety and fearfulness of rejection and loss of control may also be a cause. Depression, body image issues and self-esteem issues have been associated with Female Orgasmic Disorder as well. Sometimes women who have guilty feelings due to religious or cultural views of sex are unable to reach orgasm. All of these problems are psychological in nature, but greatly affect the unique physical act of intercourse. Some women who have experienced physical trauma to their sexual organs, use certain substances, have had surgical procedures or use certain anti-depressants are unable to reach orgasm.

Treatment for Female Orgasmic Disorder

If a lack of orgasm is affecting your relationships and personal life in a negative way, it’s important to try to seek treatment. Because causes are not directly known, talking to a doctor is necessary to diagnose and properly treat the problem. Sex therapy is a great resource for couples who are experiencing sexual dissatisfaction, including Female Orgasmic Disorder. A certified sexual therapist can help you to address the underlying causes of FOD, and can also offer techniques and exercises to help overcome the disorder. Psychotherapy is also a great option, because a professional therapist can help get to the bottom of anxiety, depression, body image issues and so on. With the treatment of these psychological problems, Female Orgasmic Disorder can be cured, or at least reduced.

What Should You Do?

Women suffering from Female Orgasmic Disorder should seek help. Experiencing an orgasm is a special part of a satisfying sexual experience, and it can be an amazing addition to the intimacy you experience with your partner. You deserve to experience it. Talk to your regular health care provider, or seek advice from a local psychologist for help. It’s also important to communicate your sexual desires and problems with your partner, because they surely also want you to experience satisfaction as much as they do.

View Resources

About.com: Women’s Health – Webpage describing different female sexual disorders, including links and Q & A.

Epigee.org – Website with information about Female Orgasmic Disorder, including symptoms, causes, diagnosis and treatment.

HowStuffWorks.com: Discovery Health – Article about Female Orgasmic Disorder, including causes, help, resources and further information on sexual disorders.

Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders – Encyclopedic webpage about FOD, including descriptions, symptoms, causes, demographics, treatment, and resources.

Health Line – Definition, description, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, prevention and resources for Female Orgasmic Disorder.

Healthy Place – Webpage with Etiology and treatment options for FOD.

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