Raj K. Syal, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.    |    Jenna A. Everson, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.    |    Holly Westmoreland, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.    |    Kellyn Rielly D.O.   

sexual dysfunction therapy with Woodlands OBGYN AssociateMany women experience problems with sexual function at some point in their lives. A survey conducted by the American Medical Association in 1999 indicates that sexual dysfunction affects approximately 43% of women in the U.S. Female sexual dysfunction can occur at all stages of life, and it may be ongoing or happen only once in a while; in any case, and with whatever amount of frequency, the impact it can have on ones life is an important factor to give adequate attention to and to address. Sexual response involves a complex interaction of physiology, emotions, experiences, beliefs, lifestyle and relationships. Disruption of any of these components can affect sexual drive, arousal or satisfaction. Types of sexual dysfunction include:

  • Low sexual desire – You have diminished libido, or low 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

Many factors can contribute to sexual dysfunction:

  • Hormone dysfunction (low estrogen or testosterone)
  • Vaginal Pain (scarring, lack of hormones, problems with pelvic prolapse)
  • Urinary incontinence (can cause embarrassment, avoidance)
  • Anxiety, depression, stress, distractions, relationship problems
  • Substance abuse (alcohol, tobacco, marijuana)
  • Illness (diabetes, hypertension, cancer)
  • Negative body perception
  • Medications (birth control pills, anti-depressants, blood pressure medication)
  • Excessive exercise 

Treatment of female sexual dysfunction depends on the underlying cause. Most women are uncomfortable discussing this subject, but as gynecologists, we specialize in treating the various causes of sexual dysfunction. An open discussion with your physician can enlighten you to the many treatments available to you. If the sexual dysfunction is related to your hormone levels, some quick tests in our office can help determine if hormone pellet therapy might be right for you.