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Sexual Health

Nearly half of women report problems with sex at some point in their lives. If you are having problems with sex, your gynecologist may be able to help.

Sexual problems usually fall into four groups, which can overlap:

  • Desire and Arousal Problems: Lack of desire is common and can affect women of any age. When a lack of desire causes anxiety or sadness and persists for more than 6 months, you should talk with your provider. Arousal problems, or not feeling mentally or physically excited from sex, can be caused from many things, including a lack of sleep, lack of exercise, certain medications, pregnancy or nursing, relationship problems, and changes in the way a woman feels about her body.
  • Orgasmic Problems: Women with orgasmic problems may take longer to have an orgasm, have fewer or less intense orgasms, or never have an orgasm.
  • Sexual Pain: Pain during intercourse is very common but could be a sign of a gynecologic problem. Gynecologic problems that may cause painful sex include ovarian cysts, endometriosis, vaginitis, vaginismus, hormonal changes, childbirth, or pelvic inflammatory disease. If you have frequent or severe pain during sex, you should speak with your OB/GYN provider.
  • Sexual Problems caused by Medications: Certain anticholinergics, hormone medications, heart medications, and mental health medications can cause problems with sex. Speak with your provider if you are experiencing sexual issues and currently taking one of these medications.

Women of all ages should be able to experience a healthy sex life. Our providers are here to help. Please call your doctor’s office if you would like to discuss your next steps.

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