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What should I do if I can't have an orgasm?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Many factors can affect a person's ability to have an orgasm, so you shouldn't worry too much if you're unable to have one at some point. The inability to orgasm may just be temporary. Factors like stress, fatigue, illness, and relationship troubles may temporarily affect your ability to have an orgasm. Some more chronic problems, such as depression, performance anxiety, and body image issues, may also affect your ability to orgasm. Experimenting with new sex techniques and talking with your partner may be easy fixes for your problems with orgasming. If that doesn't work or if you're worried about your inability to orgasm, your doctor may be able to recommend solutions such as couples' counseling or sex therapy.

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