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What are the types of sexual dysfunction in women?

Jan L. Shifren, MD
Reproductive Endocrinology
Types of sexual dysfunction that occur in women include the following:

Sexual desire disorder. An absence of sexual fantasies, thoughts, or behavior that results in personal distress. Sexual aversion disorder, which is the avoidance of certain types of sexual activity because of severe anxiety, almost to the point of phobia, falls under this heading as well, although it has its roots in different psychological issues.

Sexual arousal disorder. A lack of sexual excitement, including absence of vaginal lubrication and other physical indications of arousal, that leads to distress.

Orgasmic disorder. Difficulty or delay in reaching orgasm, or absence of orgasm after sufficient stimulation that causes distress.

Sexual pain disorders. Genital pain during sexual intercourse (dyspareunia). This category includes nonspecific pain in the vulva (vulvodynia) and involuntary tightening of the vagina (vaginismus) that prevents penetration.

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