Anorgasmia : Female Sexual Dysfunction

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Anorgasmia – Overview

There are many kinds of female sexual dysfunction. Among the most common ones is the inability or failure of women to achieve orgasm. This problem didn’t receive much attention until several years ago as a result of the sexual revolution. Fortunately, women today who suffer from this problem no longer have to bear their frustrating, depressing and unfulfilling sex life.

Anorgasmia – Categories


The medical term for the condition is anorgasmia or inorgasmia which is defined as the inability of a woman to orgasm even with enough stimulation. It is typically categorized as primary, secondary or situational. Primary simply means the woman has never experienced orgasm in her life. Secondary is when she was able to have orgasms consistently in the past but is no longer able to achieve climax. Situational refers to women who can only orgasm in certain situations but not in others.

Anorgasmia – Causes

There are many possible causes of the condition that have been proposed. However, all are inconclusive when it comes to explaining the problem holistically. Some possible causes include lack of sexual education, lack of experience, guilt due to religious beliefs, history of sexual abuse, high levels of stress or anxiety, etc. Treatment usually begins by determining the root cause of the problem.

Anorgasmia – Treatment

  • Researchers suggest that the most common cause of anorgasmia involve psychological factors like relationship problems, sexual abuse in the past and high levels of stress. Thus, the most common treatment involves counselling which addresses the main issues causing the problem.
  • In some cases, medical issues like disease or illness caused the problem. This is usually when the inorgasmia is secondary. The usual treatment for such cases involves addressing the disease or illness in order to normalize body function and allow the patient to achieve orgasms again.
  • Usually, treatment for anorgasmic women involves some kind of sex therapy with their partner. It starts with some form of sexual education for the couple including mechanisms of sexual arousal in women and the female sexual response cycle. Couple’s exercises will also be assigned ever now and then. Directed masturbation is also part of the therapy wherein the woman is educated on how to bring herself to orgasm. In many cases of primary inorgasmia, the woman just lacks knowledge on how to bring herself to orgasm.

Anorgasmia – Conclusion

Remember that women are different and the way they achieve orgasm also differs. Some women are just unable to achieve orgasm through sexual intercourse. For these women, they need clitoris stimulation. However, there are also those that can easily orgasm with sexual intercourse and don’t get much satisfaction from clitoris stimulation. You need to find out what works for you and share it with your partner.

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Expert Author : Jeanette Scott (Consumer Health Digest)

Jeanette is a beauty industry consultant, best-selling author, lifestyle writer/reporter, and how-to video producer/host. As a dynamic and relatable media personality, Jeanette loves to share her passion with women, writing about and forecasting upcoming trends and most importantly, inspiring women to feel confident and fabulous through their everyday style choices.

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