Female sexual dysfunction can happen at any age. Sexual problems often develop when your hormones are in flux — for example, after having a baby or during menopause. Sexual concerns may also occur with major illness, such as cancer, diabetes, or heart and blood vessel (cardiovascular) disease.

Your problems might be classified as female sexual dysfunction if you experience one or more of the following — and you're distressed about it:

  • Your desire to have sex is low or absent.
  • You can't maintain arousal during sexual activity, or you don't become aroused despite a desire to have sex.
  • You can't experience an orgasm.
  • You have pain during sexual contact.

When to see a doctor

If sexual problems affect your relationship or disrupt your peace of mind, make an appointment with your doctor for evaluation.

Sep. 25, 2012

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