What is Sexual Dysfunction?
As you age (especially during menopause), there may be a time when your biological factors and hormones interrupt your sexual health. When estrogen levels drop at any age, you may experience vaginal dryness, a lower sex drive, painful intercourse, loose vaginal skin and tissues, less sexual fulfillment, and more. Your hormones play a significant role in your sexual health as a woman. If you are having some of these issues, we invite you to have a consultation with our team at Essential Women's Health Associates about your sexual health and hormonal imbalance. We are leaders in the OBGYN community in the Greater Las Vegas, NV area with decades of collective experience in finding the reasons for sexual dysfunction. To discover more about how hormones can impact your sexual health, please request a consultation and talk it over with one of our practitioners who are happy to help you live a better, healthier life.
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What are the symptoms of sexual dysfunction?
Symptoms of sexual dysfunction tend to be one of four common indications — low-to-no sexual desire, arousal issues, inability to orgasm, or painful intercourse.
No Sexual Desire
When your sex drive is not as high as the level you are used to being at, this can be a problem for you. You may have a sexual partner who has noticed it as well. Changes in libido should send you a red flag that something is not right, and a visit to a doctor is in order.
When sexual stimulation no longer feels good or you do not have the same level of intensity in your sexual experiences, you may have a sexual arousal issue. This may be because of the actual sex itself; however, biological reasons may be to blame. If you have had a recent medication change, more stress in your life than usual, a medical condition that impedes your arousal, or you are living with the memories of past sexual trauma, all of these indicators will impact your level of arousal.
You may be dealing with sexual dysfunction that manifests as less intense orgasms, or your orgasms are a rare occurrence (but not for the lack of trying). Anorgasmia is another way for your body to tell you something that needs to be checked out by an OBGYN.
Dyspareunia is a medical condition felt by women who feel moderate to severe pain during sexual intercourse. We advise that you schedule an appointment for a pelvic exam to determine the cause of your discomfort.
How do you treat sexual dysfunction?
At Essential Women's Health Associates, we offer physical examinations (including a pelvic exam) performed in a private examination room to women who seek treatment for sexual dysfunction. We also take a sample of blood to run diagnostics on your hormone levels. Be prepared to talk with your OBGYN about your current and past sexual history, what medications you are taking, your lifestyle, and your overall health (including family medical history).
If we find that you do have a hormonal imbalance, we will discuss your options in hormone replacement therapy. Our practice does offer pills, patches, injections, implants, intrauterine devices, and pellet therapy to women with sexual dysfunction.
Other considerations for sexual dysfunction
There are other treatment options you may consider outside of hormonal therapies, such as:
- Talking to a counselor or a sex therapist
- Scheduling a MonaLisa Touch laser session for nonsurgical vaginal tightening
- Trying several interventions with hormone therapy for better results
We can also refer you to a specialist if we feel your condition is out of our area of expertise.
Sexual Dysfunction FAq
How many women experience sexual dysfunction?
According to research published by the National Institutes of Health, almost 40% of women experience some form of sexual dysfunction. These numbers increase over age 40 as women begin to go through menopause.
What are the most common women’s sexual dysfunctions?
The most common sexual dysfunctions experienced by women include:
- Lack of arousal
- Low libido or lack of sexual desire
- Vaginal dryness
- Lack of orgasm or difficulty achieving orgasm
- Painful intercourse
What causes female sexual dysfunction?
Sexual dysfunction can arise from a wide variety of causes or a combination of causes, including menopause, hormonal changes, physical conditions (cancer, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, etc.), certain medications, and psychological and emotional factors.
Improve your SEXUAL HEALTH
Our medical team at Essential Women's Health Associates does understand that you may not easily express yourself or talk openly about your sexual health. We want to reassure you that we are here to listen to all of your health concerns. We encourage you to speak candidly about what concerns you, if sexual intercourse is painful, or anything that may improve your quality of life when it comes to your sexual health. Our OBGYNs at our Las Vegas or Henderson, NV facilities can have a discussion with you to see if there is something we can do medically to make life better for you and your feminine health. Contact our practice to learn more.