A decrease in the level of desire, which might
be expressed by fewer sexual fantasies or thoughts and a reluctance to engage
in sexual activity.
A decrease in the level of arousal. A woman may
notice that she feels unreceptive to sexual suggestions and is not able to feel
or maintain sexual excitement.
An inability to reach
orgasm after sexual stimulation. (For most women, the
clitoris is the main site of orgasm. Not all women have vaginal orgasms.)
Pain during intercourse.
By definition, sexual problems are symptoms that are
distressing for you and/or your relationship with a
partner. If you have a symptom that you are not troubled by and that isn't
causing a relationship problem, then it is not considered to be a sexual
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, including:1
Concerns about sexuality (6 out of 10 women).
Lack of interest in sex (3 out of 10 women).
always being pleasurable (2 out of 10 women).
Pain with intercourse
(1 to 2 out of 10 women).
Difficulty becoming aroused (5 out of 10
Difficulty reaching orgasm (5 out of 10
Not being able to have an orgasm (2 to 3 out of 10