Female sexual dysfunction can occur at any age. Sexual problems often arise when your hormones fluxgates for example, having a baby or going through menopause. Sexual concerns may also occur with major illness, such as cancer, diabetes, or heart and blood vessel (cardiovascular) disease.
Your problems might be classified as female sexual dysfunction if you experience one or more of the following and you're distressed about it:
- Your desire to have sex is low or absent.
- You can't maintain arousal during sexual activity, or you don't become aroused despite a desire to have sex.
- You can't experience an orgasm.
- You have pain during sexual contact.
Women with sexual concerns most often benefit from a combined treatment approach that addresses medical as well as relationship and emotional issues.
A doctor may start you off with nonmedical practices to try and regain sexual pleasure. These methods include;
- Talk and listen.
- Practice healthy lifestyle habits
- Seek counseling
- Use a lubricant
- Try a device
Medications are used when trying nonmedical methods have failed. Types of medical treatments include;
- Estrogen therapy
- Androgen therapy
The risks of hormone therapy varies, depending on whether estrogen is given alone or with a progestin, your age, the dose and type of hormone, and health related issues; such as your risks of heart and blood vessel disease and cancer. Talk with your doctor about benefits and risks.