PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

How is female sexual dysfunction diagnosed?

ANSWER

To diagnose female sexual dysfunction, your doctor likely will begin with a physical exam and a thorough evaluation of symptoms. She may do a pelvic exam to check the health of the reproductive organs and a Pap smear to detect changes in the cells of the cervix (to check for cancer or a pre-cancerous condition). She may order other tests to rule out any medical problems that may be contributing to the woman's sexual dysfunction.

An evaluation of your attitude regarding sex, as well as other possible contributing factors (such as fear, anxiety, past sexual trauma/abuse, relationship problems, or alcohol or drug abuse) will help the doctor understand the underlying cause of the problem and make appropriate treatment recommendations.

From: Female Sexual Dysfunction WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

Merck. 

Mayo Clinic. 

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on March 15, 2017

SOURCES: 

Merck. 

Mayo Clinic. 

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on March 15, 2017

NEXT QUESTION:

How is female sexual dysfunction treated?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.

    Other Answers On: