Advertisement

How is female sexual arousal disorder diagnosed?

Jan L. Shifren, MD
Reproductive Endocrinology
Your healthcare provider will first want to hear your account of any problems you have becoming aroused and achieving and maintaining vaginal lubrication in response to sexual excitement. He or she may ask detailed questions about your general physical and emotional health, the stresses in your life, your relationship with your partner, your expectations about sex based on your upbringing, the amount of foreplay and direct stimulation you receive during lovemaking, and the medications you're taking. It's particularly important to consider whether you've gone through menopause, as the drop in estrogen that occurs at menopause causes vaginal tissue to thin and decreases vaginal secretions, often causing dryness and discomfort. It's likely that your healthcare provider will also perform a pelvic exam.

Continue Learning about Women's Health

The Spreadable Treat That May Cut Breast Cancer Risk
The Spreadable Treat That May Cut Breast Cancer Risk
Think PB&J is just a boring lunchbox staple? Here’s something exciting: It may actually help stave off breast cancer. One study found that eating pea...
Read More
Can most women achieve "ideal" bodies through diet and exercise?
Stuart A. Linder, MDStuart A. Linder, MD
The concept of the ideal body is highly individualized and relative. Each woman has her own percepti...
More Answers
7 Reasons You Miss Your Period (Without Being Pregnant)
7 Reasons You Miss Your Period (Without Being Pregnant)7 Reasons You Miss Your Period (Without Being Pregnant)7 Reasons You Miss Your Period (Without Being Pregnant)7 Reasons You Miss Your Period (Without Being Pregnant)
Skipping a menstrual cycle doesn’t always mean you’re expecting. 
Start Slideshow
How Can Women Prevent Cardiovascular Disease?
How Can Women Prevent Cardiovascular Disease?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.