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5 Most Common Sexual Problems Faced by Women

Dr. Haris Burki

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Sex is a basic human need and still it is a taboo topic in many cultures. The reluctance to discuss sex and sexual health openly often gives space to myths to go around as facts. The idea of going to sexologists, counselors or psychologists is still alien to large part of the population.

The propagation of wrong information regarding sexual health is dangerous as it can stop people from getting treatment when needed. It can also lead people to be careless with protection and catch STDs.

As the modern age is progressing, a lot of stigma attached with discussing sexual problems has faded. Female sexuality however, still remains an ignored subject matter.

The ignorance of such an important aspect of women’s health has led to disastrous sexual health statistics for women. According to a WHO report, around 290 million in the world have HPV virus and over 900 000 pregnant women got infected with syphilis in 2012.

Awareness is the key to avoid complications when it comes to sexual health. Here are five most common sexual problems that women face.

1- Lack of desire:

The most common problem that women face is a lack of desire for sex. A diminished libido can be due to multiple mental and physical issues. South Asian society has a very conservative view of sex. Girls normally grow up in households which convey negative messages about sex. A lack of emotional sync with the partner can also lead to a decreased desire.

Experts at oladoc say that an abnormally diminished libido should not be ignored as it can be a symptom of other health conditions. Health issues such as diabetes and hormonal imbalances can decrease sex drive. Women approaching menopause can also experience a lower sex drive. It is thus important to consult a gynecologist and sexologist if the problem persists for a long period of time.

2- No-arousal:

Another problem that women generally face is a lack of arousal. Arousal is caused by rapid blood flow towards the genital area. If the blood flow is hindered due to any reason, arousal is also hindered. Stress and nervousness can disturb blood flow towards the genital area and the whole process may get jeopardized.

One aspect of lack of arousal is absence of natural lubrication while having sex. This can be dealt with by using water based lubricants. Sometimes lack of estrogen can also cause dryness of vagina. Hormone replacement therapy can help restore natural lubrication and arousal in such cases.

3- Anorgasmia:

Anorgasmia refers to inability to orgasm. This condition can be present in both genders but it is mostly common in women. According to a study published in CLINICS, many factors are the cause of anorgasmia in women. These factors include religious and folk taboos, psychological disorders and the level of education.

Medical conditions such as diabetes and gynecological cancers can also cause anorgasmia. Treatment of these medical conditions can also treat anorgasmia. In cases, where there is no root cause, counseling can be helpful.

4- Vaginismus:

This condition causes the vagina to tighten during sex because of spasm in pelvic muscles. It is a serious condition and can make intercourse impossible in extreme cases. It can be caused by yeast infections or past trauma due to abuse and assault. It is mandatory to seek professional help right away if you are suffering from this condition.

5- Dyspareunia:

Experience of pain during or after intercourse is called dyspareunia. This condition is very common but is usually underreported. Women generally feel shame discussing such topics and thus remain untreated for years.

Endometriosis, urinary tract infections and vaginismus can all cause dyspareunia. A physical exam by a doctor can really clear out the root cause which in most cases is easily treatable.

If you or your partner is facing sexual problems, you should visit a sexologist as soon as possible. You can read up on different conditions related to sexual health at oladoc.com.

You can also book appointments at our website with top sexologists in Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore or call our helpline at 042-3890-0939 to get directed to the specialists that can cater to your specific concerns.

Disclaimer: The contents of this article are intended to raise awareness about common health issues and should not be viewed as sound medical advice for your specific condition. You should always consult with a licensed medical practitioner prior to following any suggestions outlined in this article or adopting any treatment protocol based on the contents of this article.

Dr. Haris Burki
Dr. Haris Burki - Author Dr. Muhammad Haris Burki is a Sexologist practicing in Lahore. Dr. Muhammad Haris Burki has the following degrees: MBBS, WPA CME Psych, Ph. D (Sexology), FECSM Sexual Medicine (Holland) and has 24 years of experience. You can book an appointment with Dr. Muhammad Haris Burki by calling us or using the 'book appointment' button.
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