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Understanding Female Sexual Problems -- the Basics

What Causes Sexual Problems in Women? continued...

A variety of medications and drugs can interfere with sexual functioning, including:

  • Alcohol
  • Drugs to treat high blood pressure
  • Pain medications
  • Sedatives
  • Certain antidepressants
  • Antipsychotic medications

Psychological factors may play a role, particularly if your problem is lack of desire or inability to get aroused. You may find it difficult to enjoy a sexual relationship if:

  • You are under a lot of stress.
  • Your relationship is troubled.
  • You have a history of traumatic sexual encounters.
  • You were raised in a family with strict sexual taboos.
  • You have poor body image.
  • You're afraid of getting pregnant or of contracting a sexually-transmitted disease.
  • You have negative feelings (including guilt, anger, fear, and low self-esteem).
  • You have an anxiety disorder.
  • You are depressed.

 

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Reviewed by Nivin Todd, MD, FACOG on March 21, 2014

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