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Female Sexual Dysfunction
Understanding The Different Types

It seems that until recently, women's sexual arousal issues have not been adequately addressed leaving women confused as to where to turn when they have sexual problems.

This article is simply to help you identify the different types and to encourage a dialog with a qualified health professional to address these issues.

There are different areas of female sexual dysfunction, so lets break it down into some of the major categories-

Lisa Lawless
By Lisa S. Lawless, Ph.D.
Psychotherapist & Sexuality Expert

CEO & Founder of
Holistic Wisdom, Inc. & NAASAS

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1) Unable To Orgasm

Female Orgasmic Disorder is the in ability to have an orgasm even when you are fully aroused and feel that you should be able to climax.

2) Unable To Become Sexually Aroused

  • Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder is basically lack of sex drive to the point where you have such little interest that you do not want to even try. (This is a very common side effect of medications including birth control).

  • Sexual Aversion Disorder is when you have a psychological aversion to the idea of sexual activity. Often times in these cases there has bee a sexual trauma that has occurred. Even if sexual stimulation is sought, a woman with this disorder would not be able to progress through the normal stages of arousal or climax.

  • Female Sexual Arousal Disorder (FSAD) is a chronic inability to become sexually aroused through proper natural lubrication, swelling, blood flow and other arousal indicators.

3) Unable To Have Sex Without Pain

  • Dyspareunia is genital pain that is experienced before, during or after intercourse.

  • Vaginismus is the involuntary contraction of the perineal muscles around the vagina as a response to attempted penetration. Contraction makes vaginal penetration difficult or impossible. Read more about Vaginismus for painful sex.


Painful Sex: Potential Causes

Deep Thrusting
Shallow Thrusting
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
Cervical Sensitivity
Episiotomy Scars
Yeast Infections
Herpes Sores
Cuts, tears, or cysts

4) Unable To Have An Orgasm With A Partner

A) Mental Causes

Fear- May stem from a fear from past trauma, and / or fear of being perceived badly (i.e.: promiscuous, inadequate, submissive, pregnancy, insecurity, poor body image)

Anger- May also stem from previous trauma(s) and / or anger of feeling objectified, submissive, or physical intimidation.
B) Physical Causes

   1) Physical Compatibility
       a) Poor Sexual Anatomy Match
       b) Chemistry
    2) Technique
    3) Vaginismus
    4) Vulcodynia (Vaginal Pain Disorder)


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