Female impotence, also referred to as female sexual dysfunction, is a general term given to a variety of female sexual disorders. Female impotence may include a loss of sexual desire or an inability to enjoy sexual activity. Some women may have difficulty becoming adequately aroused or may find it difficult or even impossible to reach orgasm. Some potential causes of female impotence may include menopause and pain or discomfort due to underlying medical conditions. Alternatively, the cause may be purely psychological in nature. Proper medical treatment for this issue depends on finding the cause for the dysfunction and then treating it accordingly.
Menopause is a common contributing factor in female impotence. As the female body prepares to end the woman's reproductive years, the amount of the hormone known as estrogen begins to decline. This decline in estrogen levels can lead to symptoms such as vaginal dryness and thinning of the vaginal walls. This can make sexual relations physically uncomfortable and may cause the woman to feel embarrassed or confused. Hormone therapy and the use of vaginal lubricants can often combat some of these symptoms, although psychological counseling may also be beneficial for some women.
Certain prescription medications may lead to the development of female impotence. Antidepressants are particularly known to have this side effect in some women. If the sexual issues develop after beginning a new medication, the woman should speak to her doctor about trying a different type of medication.
Medical conditions such as recurrent urinary tract infections or a lack of blood flow to the clitoris may also contribute to female impotence. Urinary tract infections can cause a lot of pain and discomfort, often causing the woman to be a bit nervous about having sexual relations. Blood flow issues could prevent her from being able to achieve an orgasm. These conditions should be discussed with a doctor so proper treatment can begin. Very often, normal sexual functioning will resume once these underlying medical conditions have been treated.
Women who have suffered any type of abuse, especially sexual abuse, may develop problems with female impotence. This is a common problem, and it is important for the woman to be able to speak to a doctor about her concerns. Therapy can often help the woman deal with psychological and emotional issues that are preventing her from having a sexually fulfilling life. Therapy can often be beneficial to the woman's partner as well.