Sexual Problems in Women (cont.)
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A woman's sexuality is a complex mix of mental, emotional, and physical signals. A problem in one area can grow to involve others. For example, a physical problem can lead to fear of pain, and the fear can lead to guilt about its effect on your partner. So the causes of sexual problems in women are often interrelated.
Psychological causes may be related to past or current physical or emotional problems. These mental and emotional causes include:
Physical causes can be normal hormonal changes, injuries, medical procedures, or other medical problems. Physical causes include:
Aging may cause a decrease in sexual desire and changes in the vagina. These changes include:
Medicine use can sometimes decrease sexual desire and arousal. Such medicines include:
Losing a partner is a common life event that can lead a woman to be less sexually active and satisfied. This is not a "sexual problem." But it can leave you with unmet needs for intimacy.
Cultural and societal factors may play a role in a woman's sexual health. Inadequate health services and/or a lack of sex education may result in a woman's lack of knowledge about sexual behavior.
Drinking alcohol and using illegal recreational drugs in small amounts may reduce sexual inhibitions at first. But continually using drugs, such as cocaine or amphetamines, or drinking too much alcohol will cause problems with orgasm for a woman. Also, illegal drugs as well as many medicines may cause a woman to have less sexual desire.
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