Female Sexual Arousal Disorder

Female Orgasm Female sexual arousal disorder is defined as the inability of a woman to complete sexual activity with adequate lubrication. Usually, women suffering from female sexual arousal disorder also cannot reach orgasm and may have no libido or sex drive. Historically, this condition has been called "frigidity."

Causes of female sexual arousal disorder

Sometimes, female sexual arousal disorder is associated with specific settings, relationships and situations. Other times it is generalized and non-situational. It is considered a disorder when it causes interpersonal conflict or distress.

Female sexual arousal disorder is often present with related psychological problems and appears as a symptom of these other problems.

Lack of natural lubrication is not always a sign of non-arousal. Vaginal dryness can be treated fairly simply – read the article on vaginal dryness for more details.

Other causes of female sexual arousal disorder may be:

  • Conditions including endometriosis, cystitis, vaginitis or dyspareunia
  • Diseases including high blood pressure, diabetes or hyperthyroidism
  • Side effects of medications including anti-depressants
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Drug or alcohol use or abuse

Treating female sexual arousal disorder

There are a variety of at-home treatments and therapies that may help to relieve the symptoms of female sexual arousal disorder. These include:

  • Kegel exercises to strengthen the genital area and increase blood flow
  • Massage (excluding the genitals) to help relax the patient
  • Enhanced use of erotic stimulation, including pornography and vibrators
  • Using the herb yohimbine combined with L-arginine has been found to help with many cases of female sexual arousal disorder (we recommend the non-prescription product FemElle)
  • Therapy may be necessary to address underlying psychological causes of female sexual arousal disorder.

Additionally, an open and honest dialogue between partners can address any anxieties or misgivings about the relationship that may be behind female sexual arousal disorder.