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Female sexual dysfunction
Alternative namesFrigidity; Sexual dysfunction - female
DefinitionFemale sexual dysfunction describes women who are indifferent or hostile to sexual intercourse, who have no response to sexual advances or stimulation, or who are unable to have an orgasm during sexual intercourse.
ConsiderationsSexual dysfunction is usually a psychological problem, although any organic cause must first be ruled out.
Home care depends on the cause. Professional counseling for the woman or for the couple may be recommended. Follow the treatment recommendations for sexual dysfunction caused by a physical disorder.
Family planning and contraception methods may be helpful for sexual dysfunction caused by fear of pregnancy.
Call your health care provider if
Call your health care provider if the problem is persistent or accompanied by other unexplained symptoms.
A history will be obtained and a psychological and physical examination performed. Counseling by a specialist may be recommended.
Medical history questions may include questions about relationships, attitudes towards sex, physical symptoms that may be present at the same time, and many others.
The physical examination may include a pelvic examination.
After seeing your health care provider:
Update Date: 2/7/2002Peter Chen, M.D., Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT