What Causes Female Sexual Dysfunction?

Sexual Wellness Fresno, CA

Female sexual dysfunction is a topic that is far less discussed than male sexual dysfunction. Nonetheless, it is still a problem that many women suffer from throughout their lives. 

When there is any sort of dysfunction with sexual response, satisfaction or performance, a general practitioner will likely diagnose it as sexual dysfunction. However, in order to make a proper diagnosis, general practitioners like to explore the cause of the problem. Identifying the cause can aid in making a diagnosis and help determine the best treatment plan. 

Understanding female sexual dysfunction

Outlined below are some of the most common causes of female sexual dysfunction. It can be helpful to review these causes when trying to identify the source of any dysfunction.

Physical reasons

There are a lot of physical problems that can result in female sexual dysfunction. Outlined below are a few of the most common physical causes of sexual dysfunction in women. 

  • Menopause
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Neurological problems
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Alcoholism and drug abuse
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver failure

Additionally, there are physical ramifications of taking certain medications. Certain hormonal medications, antidepressants and even contraceptive pills can cause female sexual dysfunction. It may be hard to identify what medications are causing problems, which is why consulting a general practitioner is necessary. 

Psychological reasons

Psychological causes of female sexual dysfunction often get overlooked. Many people are under the impression that the sexual response in women should be 100% functional unless a physical problem is detected. However, this is far from the truth. Many women that suffer from anxiety, stress or even depression will experience difficulty with sexual satisfaction or performance. Additionally, those who have suffered through a traumatic sexual event may later experience difficulty with their overall sexual function. 

Age

As women age, they may also suffer from female sexual dysfunction, as the body changes over time. In some cases, there are negative consequences. As stated earlier, menopause is a physical cause of female sexual dysfunction. Women over the age of 40 start to experience symptoms that indicate menopause is near. The sexual reproductive system almost always changes during menopause, which can result in dysfunction with sexual response. 

Other things to note

It is important to note that while female sexual dysfunction may be grueling on the body, it is not always permanent. A lot of women bounce back from dysfunction by working with a general practitioner to identify its source. From there, they are able to tackle the issues appropriately. In some scenarios, treatment is as light as sexual exercises. In other, more advanced cases of dysfunction, a physician may recommend medication or psychotherapy. 

Consult with a general practitioner

When suffering from any type of female sexual dysfunction, it can be frustrating. However, with the help of a general practitioner, the necessary treatment can take place. To start, an evaluation will be necessary, which will include identifying the source of the dysfunction. Reach out today to find out more or to get started with a consultation appointment. 

Request an appointment here: https://www.omgwellnessmd.com or call Optimal Medical Group at (559) 425-1118 for an appointment in our Fresno office. 

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