Female Sexual Arousal Disorders

Female Sexual Arousal Disorders

What is an arousal disorder?

A lack of response to sexual stimulation such as kissing, reading erotic content, touching the genitals, etc. is what characterize sexual arousal disorders this may also include mental/emotional stimulation, physical stimulation, or both. As a result of this disorder, many women find it difficult or unrewarding/unsatisfying to engage in sex and often find it difficult to talk to their healthcare providers about this issue.


What causes an arousal disorder?

A variety of factors can contribute to sexual arousal disorder. Personal factors such as depression, low-self esteem, anxiety, stress, and relationship problems are commonly cited as interfering with sexual arousal. There are many factors that can lead to arousal disorders that involve external and physiological causes, some things such as medications are important to take into account. We use a multifocal approach to work through this condition with our patients and that is why we tackle the problem from root cause examining all areas of your life when determining both the cause and the treatment for an arousal disorder.


Below is a list of some common causes of arousal disorders:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Low-Self Esteem
  • Stress
  • Relationship Problems
  • Prescription Medications and Drugs
  • Inadequate Sexual Stimulation
  • Low Estrogen Levels
  • Atrophic Vaginitis – thinning and drying of tissue in the vagina
  • Vaginitis (infection of the vagina)
  • Body Dysmorphia

Our approach is very individualized and this why we pride ourselves in taking time with each patient to discuss your concerns with your healthcare provider at length. Arousal disorder is typically treated through a combination of psychological therapy, individual and/or couple’s exercises along with possible medications and medical enhancements when necessary.

If you believe you have an arousal disorder, or would like more information about arousal disorders, schedule and appoint with our SHOW Center provider.

*This information does not replace a provider consultation. You should schedule an appointment with your provider if you experience any of these symptoms.