The Impact of Sexual Dysfunction
Many women experience problems with sexual function at some point in their life. A survey conducted by the Journal of American Medical Association in 1999 indicated 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 one’s life is a crucial factor to give adequate attention to and to address.
Types of Dysfunction & Factors
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, and/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 Options for Sexual Dysfunction
At Woodlands OBGYN Associates, we understand that the best treatment options for female sexual dysfunction will depend on the underlying cause. Most women are uncomfortable discussing this subject, but as experienced gynecologists, we specialize in treating the various causes of sexual dysfunction.
Concerning sexual dysfunction, the primary treatment options offered at Woodlands OBGYN Associates include:
- Hormone Therapy
- MonaLisa Touch® procedure
- The O-Shot® for Women
- The P-Shot® for Men
- Incontinence Devices
- Surgical options like Vaginal Reconstructive Surgery, etc. Should be discussed with your Woodlands OBGYN physician.
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 or HRT might be right for you. Furthermore, women who cannot, or do not wish to take hormones, but still experience vaginal dryness and pain during or after intimacy, the MonaLisa Touch® safe and effective treatment procedure is also a viable option. Learn more about YOUR options and start enjoying intimacy again!