A sexual problem, or sexual dysfunction, refers to a problem during any phase of the sexual response cycle that prevents the individual or couple from experiencing satisfaction from the sexual activity. The sexual response cycle has four phases: excitement, plateau, orgasm, and resolution.
While research suggests that sexual dysfunction is common (43% of women and 31% of men report some degree of difficulty), it is a topic that many people are hesitant or embarrassed to discuss. Fortunately, most cases of sexual dysfunction are treatable, so it is important to share your concerns with your partner and doctor.
The symptoms of female sexual problems include:
Lack of sexual desire, sexual fantasies, or interest in sexual contact
Lack of signs of sexual arousal, including vaginal lubrication, erection of the clitoris and nipples, and swelling of the labia despite adequate sexual stimulation
Inability to reach an orgasm despite adequate sexual stimulation and signs of arousal
Painful spasm of the muscles around the vagina
Pain with vaginal penetration
Sensation of burning or pain, eith...
Psychological causes. These include work-related stress and anxiety, concern about sexual performance, marital or relationship problems, depression, feelings of guilt, or the effects of a past sexual trauma.
Who Is Affected by Sexual Dysfunction?
Both men and women are affected by sexual dysfunction. Sexual problems occur in adults of all ages. Among those commonly affected are older adults, and they may be related to a decline in health associated with aging.