Anorgasmia in Women: What is it?
Anorgasmia is a medical term which indicates the frequent difficulty to reach orgasms even after ample sexual stimulation therefore causes you personal distress. Orgasms vary with intensities and different women may experience different amount of stimulation to trigger orgasms and may have different frequency orgasms. Additionally, orgasms are subject to changes with respect to medical issues, age and medications you take.
If you are happy with climax of your sexual activities then there is no need for any concern. However, if you are bothered by lack of orgasms or intensity of orgasms then you should talk with your healthcare professional about this issue.
This affects more women than you think. Now, let us take a sneak peak at the types of anorgasmia, causes, symptoms and treatments.
Types of Anorgasmia:
There are different types of anorgasmia:
- Primary anorgasmia wherein you never experience an orgasm
- Secondary anorgasmia in which you used to have experience an orgasm previously but now have difficulty in reaching climax
- Situational anorgasmia wherein you are able to have orgasms only during certain circumstances like during masturbation or the oral sex. This is one of the common conditions prevalent in women as most of you experience orgasms only from stimulation of the clitoris.
- General anorgasmia in which you are unable to have orgasm in any situation or with any partner.
Causes of Anorgasmia:
Orgasm is sure no simple thing instead this is a pleasurable peak due to complex reaction to many psychological, physical and emotional factors. The three major causes of anorgasmia include the following:
- Psychological causes: Some of the psychological factors that affect your ability to orgasms include:
- Performance anxiety
- Mental health problems like depression or anxiety
- Cultural and religious beliefs
- Stress and financial pressures
- Fear of pregnancy or STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases)
- Guilt to enjoy sexual experiences
- Physical Causes: A variety of physical changes, illness and medications can interfere with the orgasms.
- Aging process: Normal changes in neurological system, anatomy, hormones and circulatory system can affect your sexuality.
- Medical illness: Any illness like diabetes or neurological diseases like multiple sclerosis that affect the human sexual response cycle can affect your orgasms
- Gynecologic issues: Cancer surgeries, a hysterectomy can cause lack of orgasms and this can lead to painful and uncomfortable intercourse.
- Medications: Various prescription and over the counter medications taken for blood pressure, antidepressants like SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) or antihistamines can interfere with an orgasm.
- Alcohol and Drugs: Overdose of alcohol and street drugs can cramp your ability to climax.
- Relationship issues: Couples who experience problems outside their bedrooms also face problems in the bedroom. Some of the problems include:
- Unresolved fights or conflicts
- Lack of connection with your partner
- Breach of trust or infidelity
- Poor communication of sexual preferences and needs
Symptoms of Anorgasmia in women:
An orgasm is a feeling of intense physical pleasure and release of tension that is accompanied by rhythmic and involuntary contractions of your pelvic floor muscles. Some women may feel the pelvic contractions during orgasms while some of you might not.
The major symptoms of Anorgasmia are long delays to reach an orgasms or the inability to experience an orgasm.
Usually a medical evaluation for Anorgasmia consists of thorough study of your medical history and physical examination.
Your healthcare professional may inquire about your sexual history, current relationship and surgical history. Your doctor will conduct a general physical exam to look for physical causes of Anorgasmia which include examining your genital area to see the anatomical reason for lack of orgasm.
How to treat Anorgasmia in women?
Although treating Anorgasmia is difficult you can incorporate changes to your lifestyle and sex therapy can help you to have better orgasms.
- Lifestyle changes and therapy: Address your relationship issues every day, understand the different types of sexual stimulation of your body.
- Understanding your body better: Know how you like to be touched so that this will provide you better sexual satisfaction. Take time to explore your own body, start masturbating or use a vibrator to discover what type of touching makes you feel best. Share this information with your partner. If you are uncomfortable to explore your own body, then ask your partner to do so.
- Boost your sexual stimulation: Most women do not have an effective orgasm with sexual stimulation instead they need direct or indirect stimulation of the clitoris to achieve one. Switching to different sexual positions can help to provide more clitoral stimulation during intercourse which will help trigger an orgasm.
- Seek couples counseling: Ask your counselor to help you work out the conflicts and disagreements in your relationship which will eventually help your sex life get back on track.
- Opt for sex therapy: Seek the advice of your sex therapists in treating Anorgasmia.
- Medical treatments: Treating the underlying cause of the medical condition that hinders you to achieve orgasms will help to eliminate the symptoms. Hormone therapies like estrogen therapy and testosterone therapy helps to improve your desire.
- Alternative treatments: Natural products like supplements and oils help to increase sensation to your clitoris and surrounding areas which will help to treat your Anorgasmia. ArginMax is an oral nutritional supplement that increases blood flow to your genital areas and zestra is botanical massage oil that boosts your sexual arousal and orgasm.
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