Female Sexual Dysfunctions:time to recognise them now

Aug 26, 2010 12:37 | Health & Religion

FEMALE SEXUAL DYSFUNCTIONS:TIME TO RECOGNISE THEM NOW

DR.AMBRISH SINGAL,CONSULTANT PSYCHIATRIST

This article is written with a special purpose to educate the people about the existence of Female Sexual dysfunctions, In male dominant society everyone talks and thinks about male sexual dysfunctions and it seems that sexual problems are with males only. Nobody is worried about or has thought of the sexual dysfunctions in fairer sex

The first step in overcoming sexual dysfunction is to realize that female sexual dysfunction is also an entity, means there is something called female sexual dysfunctions. The second step, and probably the hardest one for most women, is to seek help from a professional. Third step is to choose a suitable doctor for it, as the topic of female sex drive is a relatively new area of medical study and only few professionals are armed with the required knowledge to deal with the problem. This being very delicate subject and needs an in depth information in sexual medicine. The good news is that the vast majority of cases of female sexual dysfunction are treatable.

What are types of Female Sexual Dysfunction?
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here are in total four categories of FSD

1 sexual desire disorders
2 sexual arousal disorders
3 orgasmic disorders
4 sexual pain disorders.

Currently the medical and clinical research focus is sexual arousal disorder, which may include a persistent or routine inability to attain or maintain genital lubrication or engorgement in response to sexual stimulation. • 43% of women suffer from some type of sexual dysfunction.• Female sexual dysfunction most commonly occurs in premenopausal women of ages between 25 - 50.

What Factors Affect Female Sexual Dysfunctions?

The female sex drive is affected not only by hormones, but also by the way a woman thinks and feels about herself, her feelings about sex, how she relates to her partner, and how her partner relates to her.

In Indian set up most females are brought up with the input that --Sex is men’s job only, females don’t have to take part in it. If they will take part they will be labeled as bad females as they can be questioned how come they knew so much about the sexual act.The females thus doesn’t express their wish /desires what the like and what not and the things go on leading to a end when it becomes just a mechanical act only.

Indian men too are not comfortable with the fact that female should be demanding in sex.If the female is demanding it will pressurize them and they are always fearful of the fact that “if they fail to perform as per the need of the partner they will be labeled as the they are not complete man. So most are comfortable with the idea of doing what they are doing and rather snub or not care to what their partner wants[ of course exceptions are always there ]

Women are vastly different from men in their sexuality, and each woman is different from the next in her sexual needs, desires and feelings. Much of the female sex drive may be based on her routine /day-to-day relationship with her partner. For most women, sex drive depends on contributions from her body, mind and partner.

Body
Certain medications and diseases, alcohol and illicit drug use, as well as hormone levels can adversely affect libido. Menopausal and postmenopausal women, and women who have had complete hysterectomies often suffer from FSD due to hormonal imbalances. Painful intercourse due to surgery, abnormalities, pain following childbirth, or infections can understandably inhibit sexual arousal and pleasure.
Mind
The life of the "modern woman" is filled with professional duties, home chores, childcare, and meeting family needs. It's no wonder that nearly 70% of couples have sexual problems (Berman and Berman, 2001) at some point in their relationship! Stress, exhaustion and depression can all contribute to low libido. For women, the brain is the most sensitive "sex organ". Relaxation and fantasy coupled with manual stimulation are often the most effective means of achieving sexual pleasure and female orgasm. A woman cannot relax and "let her mind go" when she is stressed, exhausted or depressed.
Partner
Sex is inevitably a couple's issue. Many women are hesitant to tell their partner what feels good and unfortunately, no partners is a mind readers. Great sex comes from communicating with and guiding your partners, what you like and dislike.

You are not alone.
According to the results of a national survey of people 18 to 59 years of age published in the February 10, 1999 edition of The Journal of the American Medical Association, 43% of women suffer from some kind of female sexual dysfunction.

The Female Orgasm
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et me emphasize it very clearly that most women do not have an orgasm during intercourse. Most women feign orgasm to make their partner feel well or the just doesn’t react at all and take it as a routine job they have to do. Only some couples are able to enjoy a healthy sexual life.

I shall like to add one line for the males who are concerned with the pleasure of their mate but their mate is unable to end up in orgasm. It’s not a point to be disappointed or feel that you have let your partner down. One thing has to be remembered that sex have to be learned either by experience or by a Sex Therapist, it’s not inborn. So the take home advise is in this cases is Instead of focusing on female orgasm as the goal of sex, focus on the pleasures of the here and now, and let the body of you and partner and the fantasies guide you. You may be surprised by the new discovery you have made.