Veronica's Random Dose - Sexual Disorders In Women - Is There A Little Blue Pill For Them Too?

Very much like their male counterparts, women suffer from sexual disorders as well.

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (2006) more than 43% of American women (that's about 40 million) experience some form of sexual disorder.

Dr. Thomas E. Shook, M.D. (of the Urology Specialists of Coastal Gerogia, P.C.) stated, that female sexual dysfunction is generally divided into four categories:

  • sexual pain disorder
  • orgasmic disorder
  • sexual arousal disorder
  • low sexual desire

How are these disorders defined, and other than the conventional treatments, has a "little blue pill" been discovered to treat it?

* Sexual Pain Disorders.

According to Savannah Health Perspective (a local medical newsletter addressing medical topics by local physicians), a common sexual pain disorder is called dyspareunia, which is genital pain associated with intercourse.

Several factors contribute to this disorder (as listed below, though not limited to these):

  1. scarring resulting in the narrowing of the vagina or the introitus (the opening of the vagina) or a decrease of tissue mobility
  2. retroverted uterus (a uterus tilted backwards instead of forward and is quite common - it occurs in about one to five U.S. women - according to wrong diaganosis.com)
  3. impaired mobility of pelvic organs
  4. vaginal dryness or atrophy (atrophic vaginitis) which is thinning and inflammation of the vaginal walls due to a decline in estrogen - http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/vaginal-atrophy/DS00770

A second sexual pain disorder is called vaginismus, which is a recurrent or persistent involuntary spasm or tightness of the vagina during attempted intercourse.

This tightness is caused by involuntary contractions of the pelvic floor muscles surrounding the vagina - http://www.vaginismus.com/faqs/vaginismus-questions/what-is-vaginismus

Several factors contribute to this disorder as well (as listed below, but not limited to):

  1. inadequate lubrication
  2. vulvar dermatitis - also called vulvar eczema, characterized by chronic irritation and/or pruritus, which causes women to persistently rub and scratch the vulva.
  3. urethral disorders such as urethritis (inflammation of the urethra) or cysts

* Orgasmic Disorder.

This sexual disorder essentially means that females suffer from persistent or recurrent difficulties in achieving orgasms after sexual arousal.

Factors such as chemotherapy drugs, antihistamines, antidepressants, and blood pressure medications may attribute to the decrease of a woman's sex drive and her ability to achieve that often sought after orgasm.

Another contributing factor is likely due to the vaginal dryness experienced when there's a change in estrogen levels during menopausal transition.

This transition may lead to changes in the genital tissue, reducing the sensitivity of the clitoris.

Books On Sexual Disorders.

* Sexual Arousal Disorder.

In short, this type of sexual disorder is defined by a woman's inability to attain or maintain typical responses to sexual arousal (similar to the term erectile dysfunction or Ed experienced by some men).

Although there is a desire for sexual intercourse, one finds it quite difficult to become aroused or stay aroused.

* Low Sexual Desire.

Characterized by a diminished libido or lack of sex drive, low sexual desire disorder, much like sexual arousal disorder, can be contributed to several non-physical factors:

  1. Untreated anxiety, depression, or stress
  2. The demands of early motherhood (or motherhood - period)
  3. self-image issues
  4. conflicts with one's partner
  5. internal and external conflicts - internal being the most influencing.

 

* So What's The Solution?

Depending on factors such as the particular disorder, the cause (whether it be physical, emotional, or psychological), and the individual woman's preference, there are a bevy of solutions to a combat sexual disorders in women. Such as:

  1. Couple's therapy
  2. Stress management
  3. Switching medications
  4. Localized estrogen therapy
  5. Special exercises and relaxation techniques
  6. A change toward healthier lifestyle habits
  7. Surgical treatments .... which is usually used when pelvic pain disorder is the cause
  8. Combined treatments .... all of which should be discussed with your attending physician

* Men Have A "Little Blue Pill" - What About Us Women?

Although several of the techniques listed above have been successful (Dr. Thomas E. Shook, M.D. stated, "a combined treatment approach is frequently necessary to achieve success), according to Dr. Thomas E. Shook, a drug called Tibolone - which is currently being used in Europe and Australia for the treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis - has been found to have a surprising side effect.

In a small study of 140 women, those who were given the drug experienced an increase in vaginal lubrication, arousal and sexual desire, in contrast to those who were not (at this time however, the drug has yet to be approved by the FDA - check this link out for more details on this small study http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19731119).

With the sliver of evidence presented by this study group, further test and an FDA approval, who knows - maybe Tibolone could be the making, or start of a "little blue pill" for women suffering from sexual disorders. Only time will tell.

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xunlei 7 years ago

yeah,great

I'll keep your post


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Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

A great and well put-together hub. I never knew all these sort of things. Thenk you.


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Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia Author

Thank you xunlei and Hello, hello for stopping by. I hope it was informative.


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creativeone59 7 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Thanks for very informative hub on sexuai disorders in women. Thank you for sharing. Godspeed. creativeone59


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Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia Author

Thank you creativeone59 for stopping by.


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sweetie2 6 years ago from Delhi

Very nice post and i know a lady who was suffering from vaginisnus because in her first marriage she was absued a lot by her husband and when she developed vaginismus, he divorced her and she had to take lot of treatment for it before her second marriage.


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Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia Author

I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. I hope she's doing better now. These sex disorders in women happen more than we may know it, and I think bringing awareness to them will help any woman who's had to suffer or who is currently suffering from sexual disorders. Thank you for stopping by sweetie2.


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BEAUTYBABE 6 years ago from QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA.

Hi Veronica,

I can unfortunately relate to a lot of these problems, due to problems of endometriosis, assault and pelvic inflammatory disease in earlier days. I am still having problems with the orgasm one and vaginismus, even though I have had therapy and counselling. Maybe one of these books is the answer. Thank you for all this information, it will be most helpful to me. God Bless Beautybabe.


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Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Thank you beautybabe for taking the time and sharing your personal, although painful experience. I do hope this information and maybe some of the reading material will assist you. Please keep me abreast of how things work out for you. Take care of yourself.


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Dr Roome 6 years ago from South Africa, Durban

Yes, by George, I think we have a possible treatment that offers real hope. Please read my hub.


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Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks Dr Roome for stopping by. I'll be sure to stop by your hub as well.


DONIA 6 years ago

DOES THIS WORK ON WEMEN WITH HYSTORECTOMYS????


DONIA 6 years ago

I HAD A HYSTORECTOMY WHEN I WAS 25,I AM 39 NOW.I WAS NEVER TOLD IF IT WAS A FULL OR PARTIAL.I DO NOT HAVE TO TAKE HORMONES FOR IT THOUGH.SORRY I FORGOT TO ADD THAT IN MY LAST QUESTION.EVERY SINCE I HAD IT MY SEXUAL LIFE W/MY HUSBAND HAS'NT BEEN THE SAME.I WAS PUT ON HORMONE PILLS AFTERWORDS,BUT I STARTED TO SWELL,SO THE HAD TO TAKE ME OFF THEM.NEVER HAD ANY SINCE.PLEASE HELP ME...I HAVE BEEN W/MY HUSBAND 23 YEARS.I FEEL LIKE IT IS TEARING US APART.THANKS SO MUCH.GOD BLESS.


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Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia Author

First off, thank you DONIA for stopping by. I'm sorry to hear of your troubles, but have you spoken to your physican regarding these issues yet?

Usually with the help of your physicain you may be able to find an alternative solution like the ones mentioned above first, before opting for this treatment.

If all else fails, you can discuss this treatment with your physican. A very small case study has shown this to be an effective method in postmenopausal women, but each indvidual is different.

In addition, according to WebMD.com, women who have a hysterectomy may experinence an increase or a decrease in sexual desire - among other things - due to a change in hormones. Since this treatment is said to possibly counteract that, it may be a small possiblity that this treatment could work for you (that will be up to you and your doctor to decide) - It's vital however, that you do discuss this treatment with your physican. He or she may know more about this procedure than I, since I'm merely reporting on it.

In addition, your physican knows more about your circumstances, and would be able to make a better evaluation.

I hope this will be some benefit to you, and I hope your situation improves. Thank you again DONIA for stopping by.

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