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Dr. Susan Feingold
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Female Sexual Dysfunction (Definition)

Female sexual dysfunction can result from a variety of medical and psychological issues, including menopause, which may cause vaginal atrophy from a lack of estrogen and other medical conditions. Psychologically there may also be a variety of causes from childhood trauma to prior experience with lack of trust or even feeling unattractive. You may want to ask ...Read more


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What can cause female sexual dysfunction?

What can cause female sexual dysfunction?

Many factors: There are many factors, but I would need to have more information about what sexual dysfunction you believe you have. There are many types of problems, such as low desire level, arousal problems, orgasm difficulties and pain disorders.

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I need help with female sexual dysfunction?

I need help with female sexual dysfunction?

How dysfunctional?: Is this a new problem that may be related to relationship issues or to medication side effects, or is it long-standing from an early age? Female sexual dysfunction can be of several types, including lack of interest, inability to have an orgasm alone or with a partner, vaginal dryness, and pain upon penetration. Each type would be approached differently by either a gyn or sex therapist.

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How do you define female sexual dysfunction?

Varies: Female sexual dysfunction can manifest as failure to become aroused / excited, failure to respond to stimulation after becoming aroused, and / or failure to reach orgasm.

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What's the outcome of female sexual dysfunction?

Relationship failure: Female sexual dysfunction can be treated if a physical cause is determined by a gyn. If it is a psychological issue then psychotherapy is also helpful. Sexual expression is a barometer of the status and overall quality of a relationship and its' communication between the individuals. Relationship failures often ensue if not treated.

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What are the symptoms of female sexual dysfunction?

4 part definition: 1) lack or loss of desire to have sex 2) inability to become aroused or stay aroused despite interest in sex 3) inability to orgasm (anorgasmia) 4) pain during sexual relations go see your family physician for an evaluation and treatment if any or all the above is causing you distress. Don't listen or compare yourself to friends or magazines. If you're satisfied, there's nothing wrong w/you.

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What sort of disorder is female sexual dysfunction?

What sort of disorder is female sexual dysfunction?

A very complex one: Fsd is a condition that is difficult to assess and even define. It can be due to one or many interacting causes. Treatment often involves mulltiple approaches including education, counseling, occasionally medication, etc.

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Same causes for male and female sexual dysfunction?

Same causes for male and female sexual dysfunction?

There are many!: Hormonal, mood disorder, feeling unappreciated, anger, medications (aka Prozac (fluoxetine) type drugs). In men, metabolic sundrome related problems effect libido, as does smoking, adversely.

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How is female sexual dysfunction diagnosed and treated?

See a Sex therapist: Female sexual dysfunction is diagnosed by an interview with a sex therapist or perhaps by your ob-gyne or pcp during an office visit. There are 4 categories of female sexual dysfunctions: hypoactive sexual desire disorder sexual arousal disorders orgasmic disorders sexual pain disorders.

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Intrinsadoes intrinsa can cure female sexual dysfunction?

Maybe: Sexual functioning is complex, and can be affected by numerous physiological and psychological factors. Your physician (primary care or obgyn) can help determine the cause and present treatment options. Testosterone levels are known to correlate with libido in both men and women, and some women's sex drives will increase with testosterone therapy. Discuss w/ your doc.

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Does intrinsadoes intrinsa help cure female sexual dysfunction?

Good question: Intrinsa is a testosterone skin patch designed by proctor ; gamble to treat female sexual dysfunction. It's available in europe and great britain -- only by prescription. The fda in the us rejected its application for fast-track approval. Research in the uk shows it has only moderate effectiveness: http://tinyurl. Com/mfuocuf female sexuality is very complex, and not limited to hormones.

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What is the definition or description of: Female sexual dysfunction?

What is the definition or description of: Female sexual dysfunction?

Sexual dysfunction: Female sexual dysfunction can result from a variety of medical and psychological issues, including menopause, which may cause vaginal atrophy from a lack of estrogen and other medical conditions. Psychologically there may also be a variety of causes from childhood trauma to prior experience with lack of trust or even feeling unattractive. You may want to ask a more specific question

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Can you please tell me what I did wrong to get female sexual dysfunction?

Nothing!: Sexual dysfunction is very common - 25% of women will experience it at some point in time. There's nothing you did to cause it but there are certainly things to do to improve your situation. First, get a complete and thorough gyn exam to rule out infections, anatomy issues or hormonal problems. After that, a specialist in sexual therapy may be helpful. Most of all, keep talking to your partner.

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What type of professional would help most with female sexual dysfunction?

What type of professional would help most with female sexual dysfunction?

Sex therapist: I would consult both your ob-gyne and a trained sex therapist. If you don't know of any in your area, you could consider contacting the aasect website (american association of sex educators, counselors and therapists). Another internationalorganization to consider is isswsh which relates specifically to women's sexual health. I belong to those organizations and have found them extremely helpful.

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Can you tell me about Addyi (flibanserin), the new drug to treat female sexual dysfunction?

Can you tell me about Addyi (flibanserin), the new drug to treat female sexual dysfunction?

Addyi: Addyi is an oral medication used to treat decreased sexual desire not attributed to psychological or traumatic events. It is prescribed nightly and only for premenopausal women. It should NOT be taken with alcohol.

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Female sexual dysfunction - just fake it if pressured and not pleasured?

Female sexual dysfunction - just fake it if pressured and not pleasured?

I vote honesty: When I work w/ couples, I encourage them to keep it real. Honesty goes a long way for both you and your partner. Whether you 2 are talking about what happened at work or in the bedroom, honest communication impacts our relationships, ability 2 feel understood, etc. Consider consulting w/ your doc about your SD, and a psychologist to help you and your partner in the bedroom. Look into sex therapy.

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I barely have any pleasure during sex, could it be female sexual dysfunction?

Possibly: This could possibly be a sexual dysfunction, but could also be related to depression. Medication use, or difficulty the relationship with your partner. Hoping your partner cares for your enjoyment as much as his or her own. You could meet with a psychologist or psychiatrist to discuss the problem -- evaluation is needed to move towards healthy solutions.

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Tantric sex or sex therapy as a treatment for female sexual dysfunction?

Both can be helpful: I would need to have more information about what the problem is, in order to direct you further. Both can be useful, depending on the problem.

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What kind of doctor knows most about causes of female sexual dysfunction?

What kind of doctor knows most about causes of female sexual dysfunction?

Sex Therapists: Sex therapists who are highly qualified can be certified through an organization called AASECT. These professionals receive well over one hundred hours of training and supervision in their field. You can find an AASECT certified sex therapist at www. Aasect. Org

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Are there any alternative cures or herbal remedies for female sexual dysfunction?

Are there any alternative cures or herbal remedies for female sexual dysfunction?

Tantric sex yoga: This is an alternative therapy for sexual dysfunction in females. In this practice sex is a pathway to fulfilling your spiritual obligations to self and others. This is a form of yoga and is therapeutic in some women and involves massaging some parts of body which are acceptable to the massage giver and reciever.

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