At some point in their lives, many women deal with female sexual dysfunction.
And while people assume it only occurs in post-menopausal women, sexual dysfunction can occur at all stages of life. It can be a chronic problem or occasional.
According to the Mayo Clinic, some women experience more than one kind of sexual dysfunction, including:
• Low sexual desire – Diminished libido, or lack of sex drive.
• Sexual arousal disorder – The desire for sex might be intact, but there is a difficulty or inability to become aroused or maintain arousal during sexual activity.
• Orgasmic disorder – Persistent or recurrent difficulty in achieving orgasm after sufficient sexual arousal and ongoing stimulation.
• Sexual pain disorder – Pain associated with sexual stimulation or vaginal contact.
“Sexual response involves a complex interaction of physiology, emotions, experiences, beliefs, lifestyle and relationships. Disruption of any of these components can affect sexual drive, arousal or satisfaction,” according to the clinic’s website.
So, one size truly does not fit all, when it comes to finding a solution. And while sildenafil, the generic name for Viagra,has shown great success in treating erectile dysfunction in men, it has shown little promise in studies with women.
But Dr. Nadine Thompson, an OB/Gyn at Providence Women’s Healthcare in Roswell, Georgia, just outside of Atlanta, specializes in Female Sexual Dysfunction and has developed a unique set of skills and training to help women better enjoy sex and intimacy.
Thompson is the former director of Women’s Health at Henrietta Johnson Medical Center in Wilmington, Delaware. She then went on to hold a faculty position at Christiana Care Healthcare System in Newark, Delaware where she supervised and trained residents in OB/Gyn.
“All too often, women don’t view their sexuality as part of their overall health. The truth is that a fulfilling sex life contributes to our sense of well-being — and a lack of satisfaction can trickle down and build to an undercurrent of unhappiness in many relationships.” Thompson wrote in an article for The County Women’s Journal in Delaware.
Thompson said overall health issues can impact one’s sex life, too. Bad eating habits, too little exercise, diabetes, heart disease and other ailments can affect desire. Drinking too much alcohol, smoking and drug use don’t help either.