Has your sex life lost some of its
spark because your body feels unresponsive or you`re just not interested? You
might take comfort in knowing that as many as four in 10 women have the same
problem at some point in their lives.
If you have persistent or recurrent
problems with sexual response — and if these problems are making you distressed
or straining your relationship with your partner — what you`re experiencing is
known medically as female sexual dysfunction.
Female sexual dysfunction has many
possible symptoms and causes. Fortunately, they`re almost all treatable.
Communicating your concerns and understanding your anatomy and your body`s
normal response to sexual activity are important steps toward gaining sexual satisfaction.
You can develop female sexual
dysfunction at any age, but sexual problems are most common when your hormones
are in flux — for example, when you`ve just had a baby or when you`re making
the transition into menopause. Sexual concerns may also occur with major
illness, such as cancer.
Your problems might be classified as
female sexual dysfunction if you experience one or more of the following and
you`re distressed about it:
Lack of sexual desire -your
desire to have sex is low or absent.
Inability to become aroused -You
can`t maintain arousal during sexual activity, or you don`t become aroused
despite a desire to have sex.
Lack of orgasm, or
sexual climax -You cannot experience an orgasm.
Painful intercourse-You have
pain during sexual contact.
Several factors may contribute to
sexual dissatisfaction or dysfunction. These factors tend to be interrelated.
Physical conditions that may cause or contribute to sexual problems
include arthritis, urinary or bowel difficulties, pelvic surgery, fatigue,
headaches, other pain problems, and neurological disorders such as
multiple sclerosis. Certain medications, including some antidepressants,
blood pressure medications, antihistamines and chemotherapy drugs, can
decrease your sex drive and your body`s ability to achieve orgasm.
Hormonal. Lower oestrogen
levels during the menopausal transition may lead to changes in your
genital tissues and your sexual responsiveness. The folds of skin that
cover your genital region (labia) become thinner, exposing more of the
clitoris. This increased exposure sometimes reduces the sensitivity of the
clitoris, or may cause an unpleasant tingling or prickling sensation.
addition, the vaginal lining becomes thinner and less elastic, particularly if
you`re not sexually active. At the same time, the vagina requires more
stimulation to relax and lubricate before intercourse. These factors can lead
to painful intercourse (dyspareunia), and achieving orgasm may take longer.
body`s hormone levels also shift after giving birth and during breast-feeding,
which can lead to vaginal dryness and can affect your desire to have sex.
Psychological and social.
Untreated anxiety or depression can cause or contribute to sexual
dysfunction, as can long-term stress. The worries of pregnancy and demands
of being a new mother may have similar effects. Longstanding conflicts
with your partner — about sex or any other aspect of your relationship —
can diminish your sexual responsiveness as well. Cultural and religious
issues and problems with your own body image also may contribute.
distress can be both a cause and a result of sexual dysfunction. Regardless of
where the cycle began, you usually need to address relationship issues for
treatment to be effective.
to seek medical advice
If sexual problems are undermining
your relationship or disrupting your peace of mind, make an appointment with
your doctor for evaluation.
Female sexual dysfunction is generally
divided into the following four categories, which are not mutually exclusive:
Low sexual desire. You
have diminished libido, or lack of sex drive.
Sexual arousal disorder. Your
desire for sex might be intact, but you have difficulty or are unable to
become aroused or maintain arousal during sexual activity.
Orgasmic disorder. You
have persistent or recurrent difficulty in achieving orgasm after
sufficient sexual arousal and ongoing stimulation.
Sexual pain disorder. You
have pain associated with sexual stimulation or vaginal contact.
Sexual response is a complex
interaction of many components, including physiology, emotions, experiences,
beliefs, lifestyle and relationships. If any one of these components is
disrupted, sexual drive, arousal or satisfaction may be affected.
Non medical treatment for
female sexual dysfunction
you can improve your sexual health by
enhancing communication with your partner and making healthy lifestyle choices.
Talk and listen. Some
couples never talk about sex, but open and honest communication with your
partner can make a world of difference in your sexual satisfaction. Even
if you`re not used to communicating about your likes and dislikes,
learning to do so and providing feedback in a non threatening manner can
set the stage for greater sexual intimacy.
Practice healthy lifestyle habits. Avoid
excessive alcohol. Drinking too much will blunt your sexual
responsiveness. Also, stop smoking and start exercising. Cigarette smoking
restricts blood flow throughout your body and less blood reaching your
sexual organs means decreased sexual arousal and orgasmic response.
Regular aerobic exercise can increase your stamina, improve your body
image and elevate your mood, helping you feel more romantic, more often.
Finally, don`t forget to make time for leisure and relaxation. Learning to
relax amid the stresses of your daily life can enhance your ability to
focus on the sexual experience and attain better arousal and orgasm.
Strengthen pelvic muscles. Pelvic
floor exercises can help with some arousal and orgasm problems. Doing Kegel
exercises strengthens the muscles involved in pleasurable sexual
sensations. To perform these exercises, tighten your pelvic muscles as if
you`re stopping your stream of urine. Hold for a count of five, relax and
repeat. Do these exercises several times a day.
doctor also may recommend exercising with vaginal weights — a series of five
weights, each increasingly heavier, that you hold in place in your vagina — to
strengthen pelvic floor muscles. You gradually work up to heavier weights as
your muscle tone improves.
counselling. Talk with a counsellor or
therapist specializing in sexual and relationship problems. Therapy often
includes education about normal sexual response, ways to enhance intimacy
with your partner, and recommendations for reading materials or couples
exercises. With a therapist`s help, you may gain a better understanding of
your sexual identity, beliefs and attitudes; relationship factors
including intimacy and attachment; communication and coping styles; and
your overall emotional health.
Sex therapy is a short-term form of counselling,
generally involving 5 to 20 sessions with a sex therapist. A typical session
may be one hour every week or every other week.
During the session, the counsellor
will give the patient "assignments" to do at home, such as:
Reading books about sexuality
Touching exercises that are designed
to take away the pressure to perform during sex
Practicing better sexual
Sex therapy may be useful for treating
erectile dysfunction if a man is able to have a normal erection during sleep,
the results of his physical examination and blood tests are normal and he is
generally in good health. Sex therapy may also be helpful when erectile
dysfunction is caused by stress, such as: work worries, financial worries,
relationship conflicts, and poor sexual communication. In these cases, sex
therapy may be the best treatment option.
Does sex therapy work?
Sex therapy is most effective when a
man’s sexual partner is willing to be part of the treatment. Studies have shown
that for men with stress-related ED, having the partner involved in the therapy
resolves the problem 50%-70% of the time. When the man must go through counselling
alone, the results are somewhat lower.
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