Medical Treatment Options for Women
Female sexual dysfunction is a problem that can affect woman of all ages. While it is usually a physical problem for the majority of men affected, emotional factors seem to be a more common problem for women.
- A therapist can really help those suffering from FDS to understand what is causing the problem with lack of desire or inability to experience an orgasm.
- A psychological assessment is usually required to rule out any physical problems.
Therapies for Those with Low Sexual Desire
Viagra is a commonly used sexual stimulant.
Viagra Side Effects
- Facial flushing
- Blurred vision
- Chronic indigestion
- Nasal congestion
- Eye, nose, and throat irritation
- Increased sensitivity to light
- Urinary tract infections
- Abnormal vision (seeing a blue-green aura)
Herbal Alternative can be used to heighten ones sexual desire.
- There are no known side effects for using this type of therapy.
Testosterone therapy is an option you could discuss with your doctor. It seems to have a direct role in sexual desire.
- Lower levels of high-density lipoprotein
- Voice deepening
Those who should not use this type of therapy
- Women with breast cancer or those who have previously had breast cancer
- Women with ucontrolled hyperlipidemia
- Women with liver disease
- Wmen with acne
- Women with hirsutism
Estrogen Replacement Therapy is an option for women who are perimenopausal or post-menopausal. This type of therapy can be a good sexual enhancer.
Those at higher risk of experiencing side effects with estrogen replacement therapy include those with any of the following health problems.
- Vaginal bleeding of unknown cause
- Chronic disease of the liver
- History of breast cancer
- History of uterus cancer
- History of blood clots in the veins, legs, or lung
Health Risk Increases
- Heart Attack – 29%
- Stroke – 41%
- Breast Cancer – 26%
Physical Related Sexual Conditions
Dyspareunia (Pain during intercourse)
- Tipped or retroverted uterus – Penetration can cause irritation of the cervix or uterus.
- Endometriosis – The tissue lining of the uterus may grow outside the uterus causing pain during sex.
- Infection – Bacterial or yeast infections are very common reasons for pain during intercourse.
- Lack of estrogen – When a woman reaches menopause vaginal lubrication decreases.
- Vulvodynia – The vulva may be hypersensitive and be irritated rather easily.
- Medications – Many medications can cause side effects that may contribute to pain during sex.
- Physical problems – Scar tissue resulting from surgery
- Cyst formation on a woman’s ovaries
- Pelvic floor myalgia – Muscle spasms
- Emotional issues – Sometimes past issues such as sexual abuse or communication problems in a relationship can translate into sexual difficulties.
Vaginismus (involuntary muscle spasms)
The muscles around the vaginal opening may contract involuntarily and cause pain. This has no effect on whether or not a woman can be aroused or even climax. She usually has to rely on other ways besides penetration when being intimate.
- This disorder is usually psychologically related and will require both partners to get couple therapy in order to achieve a normal sex life.