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Female Sexual Dysfunction

Causes of Female Sexual Dysfunction

Once thought to be purely psychological, doctors now know the causes of female sexual dysfunction can be physical, psychological or both. It’s important to rule out physical causes in order to properly address hormonal causes, psychological causes and social causes. 

These are some of the possible physical causes of female sexual dysfunction:

  • Nerve damage caused by trauma or surgery
  • Infection in the pelvis
  • Gynecological disease
  • Lubrication insufficiency
  • Fatigue
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Hormone causes and imbalances
  • Menopause hormonal changes
  • Insufficient stimulation
  • Medications that decrease sex drive

Psychological causes and social causes of female sexual dysfunction include the following:

  • Anxiety about sexual intercourse or anxiety disorders
  • Partner-to-partner communication problems
  • Fear of pain, pregnancy or infection caused by sexual intercourse
  • Feeling guilty or shameful
  • Stress
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Marriage/relationship problems

While periodic female sexual dysfunction can be normal, a physician should examine lasting symptoms. Some females are at a higher risk for developing dysfunction. Risk factors include past sexual abuse, including rape.

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