FSD is defined as persistent problems with sexual response, desire, orgasm, or pain that causes you
distress or strains your relationship with your partner. While every woman deserves a fulfilling sex life,
more than 40% of women will have sexual difficulties at some point in their lives.
You love sex. You want to have it, but if your body isn’t responding to sexual stimulation (e.g., your body may not create vaginal lubrication), it could be a problem with sexual arousal. Trouble with arousal can happen for many reasons, including:
Fortunately, there are some steps to take that may help your ability to become sexually aroused:
Therapy may also be an answer. Couples therapy can aid with relationship issues. A sex therapist can help with finding and fixing sexual hang-ups or related problems. And one-on-one therapy can work to build sexual confidence and explain how past or recent sexual experiences may be affecting you currently.
In the movies and on TV, it seems every day comes complete with great hair and orgasms. The reality is that only 1 out of 4 women actually reaches orgasm through vaginal penetration only. Reasons for trouble with achieving orgasm may be:
Luckily there are things you can do to help make sex more satisfying:
Sex therapy can also be helpful by teaching you how to have an orgasm through masturbation so that you know what you like and can share that information with your partner.
When sex is done right it feels good—for you and your partner. Yet, almost 75% of women will experience dyspareunia—or pain during sex—at some time during their lives. Sometimes the pain will only be temporary; other times it can be a long-term issue.
The cause of the pain depends on where it occurs. There are two main types of pain:
Emotional issues can play a role in painful sex, too. These can include anxiety, depression, stress, and relationship problems. Depending on the cause, there are a number of ways to help make sex more pleasurable. These include:
If you’re avoiding sex because of pain, talking with a sex therapist may also help to restore communication and sexual intimacy.
Sometimes you want it, sometimes you don’t. That’s normal. Your sexual desire is unique to you, because every woman is unique. But if you have a low libido or desire and you’re bothered by your lack of interest in sex, it could be Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder, or HSDD for short—a classified medical condition.
Survey results show that what you're going through-and feeling- is common.
An online Harris Poll survey of 2,501 U.S. women, ages 21-49 who are not experiencing menopause symptoms found that:
If you’re having a hard time enjoying
or desiring sex,
it’s important to find out why.