Female Sexual Arousal Disorder

Female Sexual Arousal Disorder is a health concern where the patient is unable to get or stay lubricated to have intercourse. Her body does not respond physically to sexual stimulation as one would expect.

In a woman who does not have Female Sexual Arousal Disorder, blood flow to the pelvic region increases when she becomes aroused. A byproduct of this increased blood flow is fluid seeping into the vagina in preparation for intercourse. The process can happen very quickly, with some women and their partners noticing it in less than 60 seconds.

Facts About Female Sexual Arousal Disorder

  • A woman who has Female Sexual Arousal Disorder does not experience the seeping of fluid into her vagina. As a result, it remains dry and intercourse may be uncomfortable or even painful.
  • Physical discomfort when trying to be intimate leads to the woman wanting to avoid intercourse with her partner, and their relationship suffers as a result.
  • The disorder may be a lifetime one, where the woman never experiences the physical signs of sexual arousal.
  • In other cases, the lack of arousal may be due to illness or some type of emotional trauma.
  • The affected woman may only have trouble with lubrication with certain partners or at specific times, such as while breast feeding or going through menopause.
  • This condition may also be a side effect of certain types of medications, including antidepressants, birth control pills or blood pressure medications.
  • To meet the criteria for diagnosis, the lubrication difficulty cannot be related to substance abuse or lack of genital stimulation.

Treatment of Sexual Arousal Disorder

Once Sexual Arousal Disorder has been diagnosed, a two-pronged approach to treatment may be used. To deal with the lubrication issue, the woman may be directed to use a cream or jelly to allow her to achieve sufficient lubrication to make intercourse a pleasurable experience.

The other goal of treatment is to deal with any underlying psychological issue or trauma that is contributing to the lack of physical response. Relaxation techniques can be taught to help her relax when thinking about or actually being intimate with her partner. She will also be encouraged and directed to focus on pleasant thoughts about sexual activity.

The woman’s partner can also play a part in her treatment for Female Sexual Arousal Disorder. Part of the issue may stem from lack of knowledge about female sexual response. The woman may not understand exactly how her body works and the man may not know how to arouse her so that she is excited and ready for sex. Through therapy, they can learn techniques to help deal with this issue.

To deal with an issue like Female Sexual Arousal Disorder, a woman needs to seek treatment from a professional with experience treating sexual difficulties. Checking into a facility that specializes in treating sexual disorders is another option to help the patient understand the disorder and find a way to effectively deal with it so that she can enjoy physical intimacy with a partner.

View Resources

  • MindDisorders.com – General information about Female Sexual Arousal Disorder
  • EverydayHealth.com – Female Sexual Arousal Disorder, Treatment for Female Sexual Arousal Disorder

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