Sexual Dysfunction in Women

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Many myths still surround female sexual dysfunction. Learn how to separate the facts from fiction when diagnosing women's sexual problems.

With the arrival of Viagra, Levitra, and other similar drugs on the market, male sexual dysfunction became a hot topic -- and at the very least, men can take comfort in knowing there are millions of other men with similar problems.

The media hoopla over sexual dysfunction drugs has certainly helped educate the public: We have a much better understanding of the psychology and physiology of male sexual dysfunction, and we finally accept the simple fact that ED does not mean a man is a failure. And, even if men don't quite have their "magic bullet," they at least know that there is an array of treatment options.

So where does that leave women? In the following article, you'll find out. Here are the topics we'll cover:

  • Defining Female Sexual Dysfunction
    There still are a lot of myths associated with the sexuality of women -- it is not clearly understood. However, modern medicine has made a lot of progress on this front. Female sexual dysfunction is defined as an inability to experience pleasure during intercourse, but it now is noted that this isn't abnormal. Most women's sexual problems are not a cause for grave concern. In this section, we'll separate fact from fiction when it comes to defining female sexual dysfunction.

  • Physical Causes of Female Sexual Dysfunction
    In many cases, there is a physical cause of sexual difficulties for women. Hormones are the most common factor -- estrogen levels, for instance, play a large role in determining a woman's sexual drive. Certain prescription drugs also can interfere with how a woman functions sexually, including antidepressants, antibiotics, and diet aids. We'll examine all of the primary factors contributing to female sexual dysfunction, from those we mentioned above to fatigue and age-related changes.

  • Psychological Causes of Female Sexual Dysfunction
    Sometimes the reasons for female sexual dysfunction are mental, not physical. Depression, guilt, and conflicting emotions about your body all can lead to bad sexual experiences. There are, however, ways to combat this type of sexual dysfunction. For instance, couples need to have an open line of communication in order to maintain a healthy and vibrant sexual relationship. We'll explore the psychological causes of female sexual dysfunction and provide some possible solutions.

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  • Sexual Dysfunction Drugs for Women
    For men, drugs such as Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis have been godsends -- these medications have produced sexual rejuvenation. But what about women? Are there drugs that can help them function better sexually? So far, studies have been inconclusive. In theory, drugs such as Viagra should work for women, too, but more data needs to be compiled in this area. Read this page to find out whether medication can be a realistic solution for sexual dysfunction in women.


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