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What sex problems do women have and what helps?

by Josephine Andrews
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Most women experience sexual disorders at least once in their lives . They can vary in length and severity. Read here which sexual problems can occur in women, what the causes are and what helps.

What sex problems do women have?

  • Lack of desire for sexual activity (loss of libido) up to total sexual coldness. This condition used to be referred to as frigidity (literally: cold), today it is referred to as a total loss of libido.
  • No or difficult to achieve orgasm despite existing desire (anorgasmia.
  • Pain during intercourse can reduce arousal during intercourse.
  • Vaginal spasm (vaginismus).

What are the causes?

Most often, the causes of sexual problems are psychological in nature. For example , depression, sexual abuse in the past, dissatisfaction with the partnership or a distorted body image can impair the enjoyment of sex.

Some women have undergone surgeries that they find “disfiguring” and often result in total sexual refusal. Breast removal, large scars, artificial anus, but also the removal of the uterus can have life-changing and sexuality-changing effects.

Some of the problems can be organic. During the menopause , dry mucous membranes and shrinkage of the vaginal tissue can make it difficult for the partner to penetrate. Part of this is due to hormonal changes associated with menopause and other age-related processes.

Diabetes (diabetes mellitus) can lead to frequent inflammation and sensory disturbances. Smoking, lung and cardiovascular diseases lead to reduced resilience during sexual intercourse. Sometimes obesity, joint and back diseases can also discourage women from enjoying sex .

What diagnostic options are there?

In order to rule out organic causes, a gynaecological examination should be carried out. After that, hormone disorders or infections, for example, can be treated in a targeted manner. Other examinations of the body and the exclusion of diseases such as diabetes also play a role. It is also important to look at any mental problems that may be present. A targeted sexual history can be very helpful. Furthermore, of course, individual ideas about sexuality, the social environment and the partnership also play a decisive role.

What therapeutic options are there?

First of all, the organic causes must always be remedied (e.g. estrogen ointment for dry vagina during menopause, anti-fungal cream for fungal infection of the vagina).

Psychological causes can often be solved through targeted education and advice, in some cases sex therapy can be helpful. Couples therapy can also be an option for problem solving, just like other therapeutic concepts.

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