Symptoms and Signs of Female Sexual Problems

Doctor's Notes on Female Sexual Problems

Female sexual problems refer to anything that interferes with a woman's satisfaction with a sexual activity. It is also referred to as female sexual dysfunction (FSD) by medical professionals. The sexual response cycle includes four phases: desire (excitement phase), arousal (plateau phase), orgasm (climax), and resolution. A problem with one or more of these phases can result in dissatisfaction. There are numerous possible causes for female sexual dysfunction including relationship problems, emotional problems, insufficient stimulation, gynecologic problems, physical or medical conditions, medications, some medical treatments, a history of abuse, attitudes toward sex, and sexual problems of the partner.

Symptoms of female sexual problems include lack of interest in or desire for sex, difficulties becoming sexually aroused, problems achieving orgasm, and pain during intercourse (dyspareunia).

Medical Author: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
Medically Reviewed on 3/11/2019


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