Female Sexual Function and Dysfunction
Pelvic and Sexual Pain
Generally woman should not feel pain during intercourse. There may be discomfort at times but never pain.
There are a number of physical reasons why a woman may experience pain such as Endometriosis, Vulvodynia, Vesitbultis and Vaginismus.
A great source of information on these issues can be found at the
Pelvic Pain Foundation of Australia , EndoActive Australia & NZ and Endometriosis Australia In these cases where there is a clear medical cause the best outcomes are through pain management, relaxation strategies and readjusting the focus away from the act of penetration to other pleasurable activities.
Only recently has sexual pain experienced by woman become the topic of serious research hence the relatively new diagnoses of vaginusmus and vulvodynia.
Vaginismus is the involuntary contraction of the pelvic floor. This can be so severe there is no possibility of penetration. This condition has shown great progress with therapy as well as physiotherapy.
Vulvodynia and Vestibulodynia is a more complex condition which can involve the neurological messages mistaking sensation or even no touch as pain. It is described as a burning pain, sometimes itchy. There are numerous suggestions on how to manage the condition. Therapy can be helpful when the condition is affecting the couple.
Female Orgasmic Disorder
Orgasm is elusive for many woman. As young men learn to relax and control their ejaculation over time, woman too need to train their bodies to recieve pleasure, relax and enjoy. This is why masturbation is of great help when we are younger. Today there are a number of strategies which can be utilised including psychotherapy, practical exercises, relaxation exercises, cognitve therapy and mindfullness.
A website which can help you explore your sexual pleasure is OMG Yes! A popular "how to" site which normalises, encourages and familiarises you with sexual pleasure and masturbation.
Desire, Arousal and Aversion disorders
A woman's (an man's) desire for sex is not a constant and predictable phenomenon