Female Sexual Dysfunction

Female sexual dysfunction occurs when the body doesn’t respond to sexual stimulation, and it may encompass problems with desire, arousal, orgasm, hormones, or pain. Many women have problems with sex at some stage in their life, and it can be very frustrating, but it is treatable.


To identify the reasons behind sexual dysfunction, both physical and psychological factors have to be considered, including a woman's relationship with her partner.


Sexual dysfunction in women is a disorder that can take many forms and have many causes. It can occur before, during or even after sex.

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Causes & Risk Factors

Physical conditions such as blood flow disorders, hormonal changes, certain medications and surgeries, diabetes, fatigue, and other related conditions can make sex feel uncomfortable and painful, which means it can be difficult to then get aroused or reach climax during intercourse.

Other possible causes include hormonal imbalance or physical changes related to:

  • Pregnancy
  • Childbirth
  • Breastfeeding
  • Menopause

Mental and Emotional Issues may include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Past sexual abuse
  • Low self-esteem


Dr. Dhanjee will start by asking a series of questions about your sexual and mental health. Next, he’ll likely give you a pelvic exam to rule out any physical causes of your symptoms, such as an infection or nerve damage.

In some cases, you may also do a complete blood count test to get a better idea of your overall health.


Treatment for female sexual dysfunction focuses on identifying any underlying causes and treating them. Many women find that a combination of treatments seems to be most effectie. Depending on the underlying cause, treatments often include medication, non invasive surgery, therapy, or a combination of each.

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