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The stigma around men’s sexual health is a topic that needs more discussion. But what’s even more of a taboo topic regarding sexual health concerns is females’ sexual health. And this becomes a more relevant concern to be discussed because there are expectations from women to shun their emotions related to their sexual desires. Sexual dysfunctions in women especially are merely a topic of discussion. So, let’s be the torchbearers of the change and walk through all the details you need to know about Female Sexual Arousal Disorder!

Female Sexual Arousal Disorder: What Is It?

Female sexual arousal disorder (FSAD) is when the woman finds it difficult to feel the stimulation of any sexual activity and eventually even feels a reduced interest in sex or any other sexual activity, often affecting sexual function and resulting in personal distress.

What Do The Symptoms Look Like?

FSAD can be caused by a variety of physical and psychological factors, and treatment options may include therapy, medication, and lifestyle changes.

 

The main symptoms of Female Sexual Arousal Disorder (FSAD) include:

  • Lack of genital lubrication: Difficulty getting or maintaining natural lubrication during sexual activity and vaginal dryness.

  • Lack of sexual desire: Little or no interest in sexual activity or low sex drive

  • Difficulty achieving orgasm: Difficulty reaching an orgasm despite sufficient sexual stimulation, absent orgasm or delayed ones

  • Persistent or recurrent inability to attain or maintain sufficient sexual excitement: Difficulty becoming or remaining sexually excited during sexual activity.

  • Personal distress: Feelings of anxiety, frustration, or dissatisfaction related to one’s sexual experiences.

It’s worth noting that having these symptoms occasionally doesn’t necessarily mean that you have FSAD, but it’s important to consult a healthcare professional if you experience these symptoms regularly, or if they cause you distress.

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Genital Vasocongestion

Sexual arousal disorder (SAD) is a condition characterized by the inability to become sexually aroused, and genital vasocongestion is a physical response to sexual arousal, in which blood flow to the genitals increases, causing them to become engorged. In women, this can lead to the genitals becoming lubricated, swollen, and sensitive to touch.

 

In the case of Female Sexual Arousal Disorder (FSAD), the individual may have difficulty experiencing genital vasocongestion, making it harder to become sexually aroused and to achieve orgasm. 

Who Is Most Susceptible To Female Sexual Arousal Disorder?

Female Sexual Arousal Disorder (FSAD) can affect women of all ages and backgrounds. However, certain groups of women may be more susceptible to the condition.

  • Trauma or abuse: Women who have a history of sexual trauma or abuse may have difficulty becoming sexually aroused.

  • Medical conditions: Certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension, and thyroid disorders, can affect sexual function and make it difficult to become sexually aroused.

  • Certain medications: Certain medications, such as antidepressants, can affect sexual function and make it difficult to become sexually aroused.

  • Menopausal women: Hormonal changes that occur during menopause can affect sexual functioning and make it difficult to become sexually aroused.

  • Psychological conditions: Certain psychological conditions such as anxiety depression, and sexual trauma can affect sexual function and possibly cause arousal disorders in women.

It’s important to note that FSAD can have multiple causes and it’s not limited to this list. Also, it is important to consult with a healthcare professional to rule out any underlying causes and to find the best treatment for you.

How Do You Recognize It?

Another instance where one can recognize the prevalence of female sexual arousal disorder is when there is constant pain experienced during intercourse and if the woman is often unable to experience an orgasm even after indulging in sexual intercourse or perhaps the lack of sexual desire to participate in it altogether.

 

A lot of women tend not to speak about it thinking that the partner or the spouse may pinpoint to her thinking that she has some flaws or perhaps fear that they may disappoint their partner due to their lack of desire to indulge in sexual activity with the partner they might truly care about.

How Do You Get Diagnosed With Female Sexual Arousal Disorder?

If you think you may have Female Sexual Arousal Disorder (FSAD), the best way to get diagnosed is to make an appointment with a healthcare professional. They can help you determine if you have FSAD and what may be causing it. The process of diagnosis may include:

  1. A physical examination: Your healthcare professional may perform a pelvic examination to rule out any underlying medical conditions that may be causing your symptoms. 

  2. A psychological evaluation: Your healthcare professional may ask you questions about your symptoms and your sexual history to help identify any psychological factors that may be contributing to your condition.

  3. Lab tests: Depending on the suspected cause, your healthcare professional may order lab tests to check your hormone levels, blood sugar, and other health markers.

  4. Diagnostic questionnaires: Your healthcare professional may ask you to fill out a diagnostic questionnaire to help identify any specific symptoms you may be experiencing.

It’s important, to be honest, and open with your healthcare professional about your symptoms and any concerns you may have. They can help you understand your condition and develop a treatment plan that is best for you.

 

Note that FSAD can be difficult to diagnose, as it often co-occurs with other sexual dysfunctions, such as dyspareunia or hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD). So, several different evaluations and assessments may be needed to reach a diagnosis.

Is There A Treatment For Female Sexual Arousal Disorder?

Sleepless, woman suffers from Female Sexual Arousal Disorder. Young girl with open eyes lying on bed. Sad female awake, tired, depression, anxiety.

Yes, there are several treatment options for FSAD. The type of treatment that is best for you will depend on the underlying cause of your condition. Some common treatment options include:

  • Medication: Certain medications to increase sexual responsiveness such as phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors (PDE5 inhibitors), can help increase blood flow to the genitals and improve sexual function.

  • Hormone therapy: Hormone therapy can help alleviate symptoms of FSAD caused by hormonal imbalances, such as those that occur during menopause.

  • Therapy: Cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) and other forms of therapy can help address psychological factors that may be contributing to FSAD.

  • Lifestyle changes: Making changes to your diet, exercise routine, and other aspects of your lifestyle can help improve sexual function and alleviate symptoms of FSAD.

  • Vibrator therapy: The use of a vibrator can help improve sexual function in women with FSAD, especially when combined with therapy.

It’s important to work closely with your healthcare professional to determine the best treatment plan for you. Some women may benefit from a combination of treatments. Also, it’s worth noting that it may take some time to see improvement and it’s important to be patient and persistent in the treatment.

What Causes It?

The exact reason that might have triggered any female to experience female sexual arousal disorder is always a tough answer to point to, but the several probable reasons why anyone could have felt so are:

  • Physiological concerns- Lesser blood flow to the vaginal area, infection in the vagina or bladder or any other damage in the vaginal area

  • Hormonal concerns- Hormonal levels, excessive or abrupt consumption of birth control pills, pregnancy, PCOD or maybe menopause can be some of the reasons.

  • Psychological aspects- Concerns relating to body image, self-esteem, relationships, past traumatic incidents, anxiety, depression etc.,

Apart from this, aspects like the consumption of certain medicines, drugs, etc., can also be considered the causes.

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