For some women, sex is not a pleasurable experience. The reasons why can be different for every woman- it might be psychological, physical or an element of both. It can affect how connected a couple feel so it's vital to find ways to address such a problem.
Doctors call this Female Sexual Dysfunction which can be further subdivided into 5 categories.
Low Libido: Doctors call this Hyperactive Sexual Desire Disorder or HSDD.
Painful Sex: This could be pain during sex caused by menopausal vulvo-vaginal atrophy which is due to a lack of hormones and a burning sensation felt in the genital area.
Difficulty getting aroused: Sexual Arousal Disorder starts in the genital area and is similar to erectile dysfunction in men, or it can be psychological which is more common in women than men.
Aversion to sex: This can be attributed to a history of sexual abuse.
Can't achieve orgasm: 10-20% of women have never achieved orgasm and many women have difficulty reaching it, however there are things you can do to treat this.
It is important to consider that a woman's libido naturally falls as she gets older, so if she doesn't consider it an issue then it is not thought to be a problem by medical professionals.
Below are the treatments available for sexual dysfunction which include oral medication, hormones and creams all designed to increase arousal:
Testosterone: This can treat a low libido; however you will need to see a hormone expert. Too much could cause acne, hair loss, facial hair growth, aggressiveness and voice changes.
Zestra: This is an over the counter oil that you apply to your genital area to increase the likelihood of climax.
EROS Device: This is an FDA approved agent and is available by prescription to help women achieve orgasm.
INTONE and Intensity- These are both FDA approved electrical stimulation devices. INTONE was designed to treat urinary leakage in women, however it may also increase orgasm intensity too. Intensity is a smaller device that stimulates the female organs and does not require a prescription.
Vaginal oestrogen- This comes in the form of a cream, tablet or a vaginal ring and is widely considered as one of the best treatments for arousal issues that occur in many post-menopausal women.
Osphena: A non-oestrogen oral therapy that reduces pain during sex.
For more information on treatments for these and other conditions, visit our HealthClinic.