Reasons Women Have Difficulty Orgasm During Sex

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Update Date December 9, 2019
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Orgasmic dysfunction occurs when a person can’t reach sexual climax even with sufficient stimulation. This condition is more common in women. Particularly, one out of three women suffers from orgasmic dysfunction. Orgasmic dysfunction is also known as anorgasmia or female orgasmic disorder.

Causes of orgasmic dysfunction

Orgasmic dysfunction may be caused by a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Old age
  • Diabetes
  • Previous gynecological procedures (hysterectomy, for example)
  • Certain medications such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
  • Cultural or religious beliefs that enjoying sex is guilty
  • Shyness
  • A history of sexual abuse
  • Mental problems such as depression or anxiety
  • Stress
  • Low self-esteem
  • Relationship issues

In some cases, the woman suffers from many of these factors, making it hard for her to achieve orgasm and leading to distress.

How do I know if I have orgasmic dysfunction?

The most obvious sign of orgasmic dysfunction is probably the inability to reach orgasm regardless of arousal and stimulation. Women with orgasmic dysfunction can’t orgasm during either intercourse or masturbation.

There are 4 types of orgasmic dysfunction:

  • Primary anorgasmia. People with this condition have never had an orgasm.
  • Secondary anorgasmia. People with this condition have had an orgasm at least once but they can’t get it anymore.
  • Situational anorgasmia. People with situational anorgasmia can only reach the peak of sexual pleasure only under specific circumstances.
  • General anorgasmia occurs when you can’t orgasm under any circumstances.

Diagnosis and treatment of orgasmic dysfunction

Your doctor may use your sexual history and a physical exam to find out any underlying issue contributing to your condition. You will need a follow up with a gynecologist – a doctor who specializes in treating women’s health conditions.

If your condition is caused by an underlying health issue, treating it will free you from orgasmic dysfunction. If your depression medication is the one at fault, your doctor will switch you to another drug. Cognitive behavioral therapy or sex therapy is also helpful. Sometimes, orgasmic dysfunction stems from an unsolved conflict in your relationship with your partner. If that’s the case, you may need couple counseling to work through your problems.

Estrogen hormone therapy is another promising treatment option. Increasing the level of estrogen may improve your sex drive and blood circulation to your sexual organs, making you more sensitive to sexual stimulation. During estrogen hormone therapy, you can either take pills or use topical forms such as patches or gels for the genital areas.

Many women report seeing improvements in their sex life after using OTC products and nutritional supplements. However, don’t forget to check with your doctor before using any OTC or supplement.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Sources

Orgasmic Dysfunction. http://www.healthline.com/health/orgasmic-dysfunction#overview1. Accessed May 16, 2017.

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