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Frequently Asked Questions About Sexual Health

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), sexual health is the state of physical, mental, and social well-being in relation to sexuality.

There are four types of problems women can experience. These are:

  • Arousal problems
  • Orgasm problems
  • Painful sex
  • Low libido or desire

Arousal is the physical and emotional changes that happen in the body during sexual stimulation. When these changes don’t happen, it can lead to arousal problems. Many things can cause issues with arousal including medications, alcohol, smoking, drug use, and medical conditions. Anxiety, stress, and negative sexual experiences can also affect arousal.

Here’s the deal; not having an orgasm during sexual activity isn’t earth-shattering for some women. In fact, many women feel love and tenderness without the Big O. But for other women it’s an issue and they want answers.

Women with an orgasm problem may have never had one, or they used to have orgasms but now don't. Or, the intensity of their orgasms has dropped—something that can happen with age.

An orgasm problem can be caused by poor body image, a fear of losing control, a lack of clitoral stimulation, or when women do not trust their partners.

It’s an issue that nearly 75% of women deal with at some point in their lives. The technical term is dyspareunia. The pain can happen in two areas; the area surrounding the opening of the vagina or could happen deeper within the vagina. Painful sex can be a temporary problem or it can be a long-term issue.

Yes, a health issue or medicine can result in other female sexual difficulties. Some conditions and medicines that can affect female sexual function include:

  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Antidepressants, blood pressure medicines,
    and chemotherapy drugs can impact a woman’s
    libido and ability to orgasm

The short answer is, very common. Around 40% of women will deal with sexual difficulties at some point in their lives.

A lack of desire is the most common issue reported by women. While some women may not have desire until they begin to have sex or engage in sexual activity, other women do not want to take part in any kind of sexual activity including masturbation. They may also not have sexual fantasies. Most importantly, their lack of desire causes them distress. This lack of desire is called Hypoactive Sexual Desire or HSDD for short. It’s believed approximately 4 million women have it.

Every woman’s libido is different. Some women keep their libido and some women experience dips as they age. Also, the stress of daily life, relationship issues, and hormonal changes as a result of menopause can impact your libido.

It is believed that chemicals in the brain may affect a woman’s libido. There have also been brain-imaging studies that show women with HSDD have different patterns of brain activation in response to sexual stimuli compared to women who do not report distressing low sexual desire. This means that women with HSDD may process sexual stimuli differently from women without HSDD, which may affect their experience of sexual desire.

However, the exact causes of HSDD are unknown. And it is possible that many issues may contribute to it.

Let them know the concerns or problems you are having. It prevents the possibility of you accidentally shutting out your partner. A caring partner will be supportive and willing to help find solutions.

Begin by being honest. Say something like:

  • “I don’t enjoy sex like I used to.”
  • “I have no desire to have sex anymore?
    What can I do?”
  • “It’s been hard for me recently; my partner is
    frustrated that I don’t want sex.”

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