Female Sexual Arousal Disorder Facts

by | Jun 1, 2015

As the medical field is becoming more concerned with illness that plagues females, more and more information is coming to light about the complex organism that is the female body. Only a little over a hundred years ago, women were accused of having “hysteria” instead of being treated for what was wrong with them. The word “hysteria” comes from the latin word for uterus. It is now much less taboo to talk about female sexuality and we have found that a problem that plagues nearly half of women is called Female Sexual Arousal Disorder.

Once seen as mostly a psychological issue, in recent years female sexual dysfunction (FSD) has been recognized as a wide spread problem with physiological aspects that are treatable. According to reported data, up to 43 percent of women in the United States experience some form of FSD. One of the most commonly reported types of FSD is female sexual arousal disorder (FSAD). 
Female Sexual Arousal Disorder (FSAD)
    • FSAD is the persistent or recurrent inability to attain or maintain the lubrication-swelling response of sexual excitement until completion of sexual activity
    • Arousal disorder is characterized by a lack of vaginal lubrication; decreased clitoral and labial sensation; decreased clitoral and labial engorgement; or decreased sexual arousal and excitement
    • When these symptoms cause significant personal distress to the women affected, a diagnosis of FSAD is made
    • FSAD occurs despite adequate focus, intensity and duration of sexual stimulation
Causes of FSAD
    • Surgical procedures such as a hysterectomy may affect changes in blood flow, which can cause a lack of sensitivity and sexual arousal
    • A hysterectomy, with or without oophorectomy (removal of ovaries), may also affect how a woman feels about herself sexually
    • The decrease in estrogen levels associated with menopause may make the vagina dry and thin, even causing it to shrink
    • Certain medications such as oral contraceptives, antihypertensives and antidepressants, may impact sexual function and libido; Women taking these drugs may report a decrease in arousal, increase in vaginal dryness and increase in difficulty reaching orgasm
    • Psychological factors such as depression, stress and relationship issues may cause or contribute to FSAD
    • Other causes include certain chronic diseases like diabetes, lifestyle choices such as cigarette smoking, and surgical trauma or nerve damage to the pubic area
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