#HealthBytes: 5 common sex problems women face
A healthy and satisfying sex life is crucial to a couple's overall mental, physical and emotional well-being. Sex is supposed to be enjoyable, but in case it's not, something needs to be fixed. A sex problem or sexual dysfunction can be anything that prevents you from getting full satisfaction from sexual intercourse/activity. Here are 5 common sex problems in women, and what can be done about them.
In the years leading up to menopause, women may suffer from loss of libido. However, age isn't the only factor responsible. Medical issues such as diabetes and low blood pressure can also contribute to lowering of lust, while psychological problems like stress or depression may also reduce sexual desire. See your doctor to get to the root of the problem, and seek apt treatment.
Vaginal dryness happens on account of hormonal changes that might occur during breastfeeding or menopause. In fact, according to a study of 1,000 postmenopausal women, published in the journal Menopause, 50% of postmenopausal women suffer from vaginal dryness. To deal with it, one might consider using an over-the-counter lubricant, before and during intercourse. If the problem still refuses to go, contact your doctor.
A woman's inability to get aroused could be because of a number of reasons. These include (sexual) anxiety, lack of proper foreplay, and non-pleasurable or painful intercourse. Other reasons could be hormonal disturbance due to menopause, or the partner's sexual issues such as erectile dysfunction. Talk to a health-care professional to figure out the underlying cause, and get the required treatment.
According to a 2015 study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, about 30% of women suffer from pain during vaginal intercourse. Underlying reasons include lack of foreplay and vaginal dryness. Certain medical conditions such as childbirth, surgery, menopause, some skin issues might also be the culprit. If you experience pain during sex, see your doctor to get treatment for the underlying cause.
Reportedly, around 5% of perimenopausal women suffer difficulty in reaching orgasm. Apart from hormones, other reasons that might lead to the problem include anxiety, improper foreplay, chronic diseases, and certain medications. In order to reach orgasm, it is advisable to try newer positions and styles, being more mindful during sex, and paying more attention to foreplay. However, if you still can't score a climax, visit your doctor.