Sexual Dysfunction in Women


Female sexual dysfunction can be medically defined as persistent or recurrent problems with sexual desire, arousal, orgasm or pain that can cause personal distress and difficulty with your partner. Furthermore, sexual dysfunctions do not arise as a result of any medical or psychiatric conditions, disorders or medications. The following are some such dysfunctions.

Hypoactive sexual desire disorder

Hypoactive sexual desire disorder or HSDD is related to persistent absence of sexual fantasies and desire for sexual activity. If you are suffering from lack of sexual thoughts and this is distressing you, you may have HSDD. However, if the absence of sexual desire does not bother you, then it cannot be termed as Hypoactive sexual desire disorder.

Sexual aversion disorder

In sexual aversion disorder there is an actual avoidance of sexual situations. Genital sexual contact with the partner is avoided at any cost. The mere thought of sexual intercourse may cause extreme anxiety or panic.

Sexual arousal disorder

When you find that you are constantly unable to get sexually excited or to maintain it, you may be suffering from sexual arousal disorder. Even though you desire your partner and want to make love, you are unable to get adequate lubrication or any of the other physical changes common to arousal. Inadequate lubrication here results in painful intercourse.

Orgasmic disorder

Orgasmic disorder is associated with difficulty in having an orgasm, even when there is sexual arousal and sufficient sexual stimulation. This disorder can also lead to a persistent delay in orgasm or inability to reach an orgasm. It can affect women who have had changes in their health, medications, life circumstances or relationships.


Dyspareunia is a medical term used to refer to painful intercourse. It is related to the genital pain you experience when you have sexual vaginal penetration. It could occur during or after intercourse or even when your partner tries to stroke your genitals. The pain could occur anywhere in the genital area such as the clitoris, labia, vagina, etc.


Vaginismus is a type of sexual pain or dyspareunia. It makes penetration difficult or impossible due to the persistent or recurrent involuntary contractions of the muscles surrounding the vagina.

If you feel that you may be suffering from any of the above mentioned disorders, do talk to your healthcare provider. A correct diagnosis of your condition will help you to surmount these difficulties.