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Sexual Problems in Women - Prevention

You can take the following steps to help prevent sexual problems.

  • Look after your overall health—both your physical health and your emotional health.
  • Talk regularly to your partner about your needs and desires.
  • Become familiar with your own patterns and methods of sexual arousal, perhaps through masturbation.
  • Understand that many women do not always have orgasms during sex and that mutual pleasure can be a satisfying way to have sexual intimacy.
  • Use plenty of lubrication for your vagina to avoid dryness. This is the most common cause of painful sex.
  • Enjoy tenderness and closeness. And avoid expectations of great sexual performance.

Being sexually active with a partner or through masturbation helps maintain vaginal health. And having regular sexual intercourse helps preserve vaginal elasticity and keeps vaginal tissues from shrinking.

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Last Updated: November 14, 2014
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