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How is female sexual dysfunction treated?

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The ideal approach to treating female sexual dysfunction involves a team effort between the woman, doctors, and trained therapists. Most types of sexual problems can be corrected by treating the underlying physical or psychological problems. Other treatment strategies focus on the following:

  • Providing education. Education about human anatomy, sexual function, and the normal changes associated with aging, as well as sexual behaviors and appropriate responses, may help a woman overcome her anxieties about sexual function and performance.
  • Enhancing stimulation. This may include the use of erotic materials (videos or books), masturbation, and changes in sexual routines.
  • Providing distraction techniques. Erotic or non-erotic fantasies, exercises with intercourse, music, videos, or television can be used to increase relaxation and eliminate anxiety.
  • Encouraging non-coital behaviors. Non-coital behaviors (physically stimulating activity that does not include intercourse), such as sensual massage, can be used to promote comfort and increase communication between partners.
  • Minimizing pain. Sexual positions that allow the woman to control the depth of penetration may help relieve some pain. Vaginal lubricants can help reduce pain caused by friction, and a warm bath before intercourse can help increase relaxation.

From: Female Sexual Dysfunction WebMD Medical Reference

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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

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