Is Sexual Dysfunction getting in the way of your relationship?
Here’s a look at some forms of female sexual dysfunction (FSD) and how to get help if it is affecting you.
According to the Sexual Advice Association, sexual problems affect around one-third of young and middle-aged women, and around half of older women.
To identify the reasons behind sexual dysfunction, both physical and psychological factors have to be considered, including a woman’s relationship with her partner.
Loss of desire
Loss of desire, or lack of sex drive, affects some women at certain times of life, such as during pregnancy, after having a baby, or times of stress. But some women experience it all the time.
A lack of sex drive can have a range of physical or psychological causes, including:
• Relationship problems
• Previous mental or physical trauma
• Hormone disorders
• Excessive alcohol and drug use
• Certain medications
Sex drive can also fall if a woman’s natural testosterone levels drop. Testosterone is produced in the ovaries and adrenal glands, so levels can drop if these are removed or they’re not functioning properly.
Problems with Orgasm
These can be divided into two types:
• primary – when a woman has never had an orgasm
• secondary – when a woman has had an orgasm in the past, but can’t now
Some women don’t need to have an orgasm to enjoy sex, but an inability to reach orgasm can be a problem for some women and their partners.
Reasons why a woman can’t have an orgasm can include:
• fear or lack of knowledge about sex
• being unable to “let go”
• not enough effective stimulation
• relationship problems
• mood disorders – such as depression
• previous traumatic sexual experience
Research is being done into certain medical conditions that affect the blood and nerve supply to the clitoris to see whether this affects orgasm.
Read What is an orgasm? to find out more.
Psychosexual therapy can help a woman overcome orgasm problems. It involves exploring her feelings about sex, her relationship and herself.
Pain during sex
Pain during sex – also called dyspareunia – can be a result of vaginismus.
Vaginismus is when muscles in or around the vagina go into spasm, making sexual intercourse painful or impossible. It can be very upsetting and distressing.
It can occur if the woman associates sex with pain or being “wrong”, or if she’s had vaginal trauma, such as childbirth or an episiotomy.
It can also stem from relationship problems, fear of pregnancy, or painful conditions of the vagina and the surrounding area.
It can be treated by focusing on sex education, counselling and using vaginal trainers, also known as vaginal dilators.
Vaginal trainers are cylindrical shapes that are inserted into the vagina. A woman will gradually use larger sizes until the largest size can be inserted comfortably. Some women may wish to try using their fingers instead.
Sex after menopause
Pain during sex is common after the menopause as oestrogen levels fall and the vagina feels dry.
This can affect a woman’s desire for sex, but there are lubrication creams that can help. Ask your GP or pharmacist.
To find out what is causing a sexual problem and how to treat it, a doctor, practice nurse or therapist will need to ask you questions about your medical, sexual and social history.
Your GP or practice nurse can carry out tests for underlying medical conditions.
If your problem is related to lack of hormones such as testosterone or oestrogen, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can help.
Treating other conditions, such as diabetes or depression, might also alleviate symptoms of sexual dysfunction.
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Who is a good candidate for diVa®?
Women who are experiencing menopause are excellent candidates for diVa®. Women who have gone through vaginal childbirth can also benefit. diVa® can also work for women who have had medical treatments, such as radiation or chemotherapy, which have changed their overall vaginal health.
What to expect during diVa® treatment
Patients, for the most part, have very little discomfort. Some will experience a slight pressure against the vaginal wall during laser resurfacing. Some patients may experience some sensitivity near the vaginal opening and providers can apply a topical anesthetic to alleviate any discomfort or anxiety.
Women may return to their daily routine with minimal to no discharge, spotting, or discomfort; however, they should avoid sexual intercourse for up to 48 hours. Talk to us about your recovery during your consultation and after your treatment.
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Major life events like childbirth and menopause can cause changes in vaginal health. Excessive stretching of the vaginal tissue commonly happens from childbirth.
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diVa® Patient Experience
Vaginal tissue may not fully recover to its pre-pregnancy state and through aging may lead to pelvic floor disorders. Menopause symptoms such as dryness, thinning and inflammation of the vaginal walls, and painful sex often lead women to seek out quality of life solutions. diVa™ helps give women control over their bodies again, empowering those treated to be as active as they like.
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- Vaginal dryness
- Painful intercourse
- Vaginal laxity (stretching of the vaginal canal and surrounding tissues due to childbirth)
- Stress urinary incontinence
- Mild pelvic organ prolapse
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