Sexual dysfunction refers to an issue that can occur during any phase of the sexual response cycle. This issue doesn’t allow any couple (suffering with sexual issues) to get complete satisfaction during sexual intercourse. The sexual response cycle traditionally includes excitement, plateau, orgasm, and resolution.
Sexual dysfunction, such as issues with desire, arousal, orgasm, and resolution, are common in both women and men. According to the Cleveland Clinic,” 43 percent of women, and 31 percent of men, report some degree of sexual dysfunction.”
If you too are dealing with problems in the bedroom, consult with your doctor right away. It’s important to consult with your doctor as sometimes sexual issues can be a sign of something serious related to your health. Here are some of the signs of sexual dysfunction in women.
- Vaginal Dryness – It occur due to hormonal changes, happen during breast-feeding or menopause. According to a study of 1,000 postmenopausal women, “half of postmenopausal women experience vaginal dryness.” To avoid vaginal dryness, you can use an OTC lubricant (such as Aqua Lube, K-Y Jelly, or Astroglide) before and during intercourse. You can also consider vaginal moisturizers like Replens for vaginal dryness. Both lubricants and moisturizers can be used in tandem.
- Painful Sex – According to a study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, “Approx. 30% of women report pain during sex.” You could be experiencing pain due vaginal dryness, or vaginismus, or it may be an indication of a medical problem, like ovarian cysts or endometriosis Consult with your doctor to get the right treatment to rule out medical issues like endometriosis, ovarian cysts, or vaginismus. Your doctor may recommend medication, pelvic floor physical therapy, or surgery to treat the cause of pain.
- Arousal Problems – There can be many reasons for an inability to get aroused, such as anxiety or inadequate stimulation (aka, you need more foreplay). It might get harder for get aroused if you experience dryness or pain during sex. Moreover, hormonal changes due to menopause or a partner’s sexual issues (like erectile dysfunction or premature ejaculation) can also make it more difficult to get in the mood.
Consult with your doctor to find out the underlying reason of not getting aroused. Your doctor will help you find the right form of treatment for your medical issue.