Sexual Problems in Women
What Increases Your Risk
A risk factor is anything that increases your chances of having a problem. The main risk factors for sexual problems are:
- Having poor mental and emotional health.
- Having problems with your sexual relationship.
- Having a partner who has problems with sexual function.
Other risk factors include:
- Exhaustion, often from round-the-clock care of a baby or small children and/or parenting and having a job.
- Normal hormonal changes linked to pregnancy, recovery from pregnancy, menopause, or aging.
- Taking Reference certain medicines that decrease your desire for sex.
Health problems that cause pain during sex or make it harder for you to engage in and enjoy sex. Such health problems
- Nervous system problems such as stroke, spinal cord injury, and Parkinson's disease.
- Surgery that affects the pelvic organs or genitals.
- Diseases such as diabetes or liver disease.
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Sexual problems are common
Most women have a sexual problem at one time or another. For some women, the problem is long-term.
Surveys of the general population in the United States found that many women occasionally have sexual problems and worries. These may include:Reference 2
- Concerns about sexuality (6 out of 10 women).
- Lack of interest in sex (3 out of 10 women).
- Sex not always being pleasurable (2 out of 10 women).
- Pain with sex (1 to 2 out of 10 women).
- Difficulty becoming aroused (5 out of 10 women).
- Difficulty reaching orgasm (5 out of 10 women).
- Not being able to have an orgasm (2 to 3 out of 10 women).
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference October 22, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology