Female Sexual Dysfunction (FSD) can fall into five types of problems:
1. Low libido, or what is refer to as Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD).
2. Painful sex. This can include pain during sex due to menopausal vulvo-vaginal atrophy resulting from a lack of hormones as well as a burning pain syndrome of the genitals.
3. Difficulty being aroused. Sexual Arousal Disorder can originate in the genital area (comparable to erectile dysfunction in men) or an issue at the brain level (which is more common in women).
4. Aversion to sex. Often, this is related to a history of sexual abuse.
5. Inability to achieve orgasm. Up to 10-20 percent of women never achieved orgasm and many others have difficulty. But there are treatments available for this.
Treatments for sexual dysfunction
There are a variety of treatments for sexual dysfunction, depending on the root cause of the problem. There are a variety of options, including an oral medication and hormones as well as others that are simply creams or devices that help women feel aroused.
To find the right treatments, women should talk with their healthcare provider. There is help for female sexual dysfunction — it’s treatable and there are a variety of treatment options.