Female Sexual Difficulties

If you want to reignite your sex life, start with understanding your sexual health.

Part of sexual health is the desire, comfort, and pleasure you get from sex itself. It is a natural part of being a woman. Yet many things can make it hard for you—and a lot of women like you—to enjoy or desire sex.

In a survey, women ranked having a healthy sex life
higher than career satisfaction, home ownership, traveling, and social life.* *Based on a survey of 1,200 U.S. women aged 18-50. ARHP Women’s Sexual Health Survey.

Wait, isn’t sex supposed to be a good thing?

That’s the idea, but a lot of things go into having a healthy sex life. To begin with, every woman’s desire for it is different. You might be a happy camper having it 3 times a month. But, your friend might not be happy unless she’s having sex 3 times a week. And your sister may be completely satisfied just snuggling every night. There are a number of reasons for this, such as culture, background, and past sexual experiences. Wait, there’s more: emotional, physical, and psychological factors can affect intimacy and sex, too.
These can include:

  • Relationship problems
  • Depression, anxiety, and stress
  • Age-related changes
  • Hormone changes
  • Certain medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and multiple sclerosis
  • Medication side effects (for instance, from medicines used to treat depression, anxiety, and blood pressure)

Troubles with having sex or enjoying it are sometimes called female sexual dysfunction (FSD or female sexual difficulties). It can be life-long or can develop over time.

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Health Quiz

If you’re having a hard time enjoying
or desiring sex,
it’s important to find out why.