It is the persistent, recurrent problems with sexual response, desire, orgasm, or pain that distress you or strain your relationship with your partner. It can occur at any stage of a woman’s life. FSAD can be complex and some research suggests that desire plays a larger role for women in comparison to men. However, a woman’s sexual organs work similarly to men, depending on blood flow and lubrication to provide pleasure before and during intercourse.

Prevalence Symptoms Causes Risks Management Self-Assessment For FSAD

Female sexual problems are estimated to affect between 25%-63% of women, with prevalence in postmenopausal women being highest.

  • Loss of sexual desire.
  • Problems with arousal.
  • Inability to achieve orgasm.
  • Painful intercourse.
  • Negative body image.
  • Diminished sexual derivability and attractiveness.
  • Poor Lubrication.

The main causes of female sexual arousal disorder can be classified as physical, hormonal, psychological and social. Others include lifestyle effects, stress and dietary factors.

  • Depression and anxiety.
  • Cardiovascular disease.
  • Neurological conditions e.g. spinal cord injury.
  • Gynaecological conditions e.g. vulvovaginal atrophy.
  • Certain prescription medications e.g. antidepressants and high blood pressure drugs.
  • Emotional or psychological stress, especially with respect to partner relationship.
  • A history of sexual abuse.

Medical management options include use of androgens, oestrogen, and Lady Prelox.


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