Sexuality & Sexual Problems

Sexual problems are common and can occur in women of any age. In the United States, approximately 40 percent of women have sexual concerns and 12 percent report distressing sexual problems.

Sexual dysfunction is a term used to describe difficulties in libido (sex drive), arousal, orgasm, or pain with sex that is bothersome to an individual. Sexual dysfunction may be a lifelong problem or acquired later in life after a period of having no difficulties with sex.

Women are most likely to be satisfied with their sex lives if they are physically and psychologically healthy and have a good relationship with their partner. Although a host of changes in hormones, blood vessels, and tissues of the vagina can affect a woman's sexuality, relationship difficulties and feeling poorly about yourself are the most common causes of sexual problems.

This article will discuss causes as well as treatments that are available to help women who have problems with sex. Sexual problems in men are discussed separately.

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