How to Tell if You Have Female Sexual Dysfunction
By Kaitlyn Hunter, MedSpa Nurse Practitioner
Many women across the U.S. suffer from sexual dysfunction issues. Some fear their relationships will never be intimate, or that they’ll never experience the pleasure they once had before having kids or going through menopause. Others experience daily disruptions, like pain during exercise.
If this sounds like you, don’t fret. We understand the embarrassment and physical and emotional toll this takes on you and your relationships, and we’re here to help. Let’s take a deeper look at what you’re experiencing and how to treat it.
Signs of female sexual dysfunction
Female dysfunction is not a one-size-fits-all issue. Each woman can experience a mixture of symptoms, including:
- Urinary incontinence
- Painful sex / vaginal dryness
- Low desire
- Lack of ability to achieve orgasm (or it takes a long time to achieve)
- Vaginal laxity (typically due to vaginal childbirths)
- Episiotomy scar tissue (painful intercourse, lack of stimulation)
The two biggest concerns
Most of my female sexual dysfunction patients complain of two things: urinary incontinence and vaginal dryness.
Urinary incontinence can manifest itself as either stress incontinence (while performing an activity) or urgency incontinence. According to the Urology Care Foundation, urinary incontinence affects a quarter to a third of all American men and women. I commonly hear it from women who have experienced it after childbirth or as they go through menopause. Some women are so impacted that they can’t leave the house without a pad on. Others have to wear one every time they exercise.
Vaginal dryness is the other most common complaint I hear. For many, the dryness is so uncomfortable or painful that sex isn’t even possible anymore. Some even experience pain with physical activity, such as riding a bike. Vaginal dryness often stems from a lack of hormones (primarily estrogen) and becomes more prominent throughout menopause and/or undergoing chemotherapy.
Intimacy after kids: how is it different?
If you’ve had children, you’ve most likely experienced a variety of changes in your body. Judy and I recently sat down with our partners at Cincinnati Mom’s Blog to discuss all the changes that can be expected after giving birth. Click HERE to read the interview.
Options for treatment
We offer 3 great treatments for women with sexual dysfunction:
- diVa – a revolutionary laser treatment that resurfaces vaginal tissue
- O-Shot – a natural treatment that uses your own growth factors to stimulate tissue rejuvenation
- Natural hormone replacement therapy – helps replenish missing hormones that once helped keep your reproductive system and other important organs running efficiently
Tricia, one of our clients, recently spoke about her life before and after her sexual dysfunction treatment:
Are you fed up with sexual dysfunction? Call us at 513-791-9474 to get started. We are ready to help you take charge of your sexual health and reconnect in your intimate relationships!