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A New Focus on Female Sexuality

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The main point for women to take into the bedroom, she tells WebMD, is that they should be advocates for their own sexual needs. If there is a physical problem, it needs to be addressed. But women also need to learn about their bodies and take responsibility for teaching their partners how to sexually satisfy them, she says.

"Some women are under the impression that they will be perceived as some sort of harlot if she shows him, describes to him, or instructs him how to sexually satisfy her," she says. "That's really more of a myth than anything else, and most men really do appreciate it."

Vital Information:

  • A recent survey showed that 43% of women have sexual function complaints, with one of the most common being low desire.
  • Two experts on female sexual dysfunction advise women to go to their physicians with any sexual problems, including lack of interest, arousal or sensation; not being able to reach orgasm; or insufficient intensity of orgasm.
  • Female sexual dysfunction can be treated, although this can be tricky due to the many factors involved -- physical aspects, the nature of the woman's relationship, and her self-esteem.
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