Sexual Dysfunction (Women) | Overview


What is sexual dysfunction?

When you have problems with sex, doctors call it "sexual dysfunction." Both men and women can have it. There are 4 kinds of sexual problems in women:

  • Desire disorders ­- When you are not interested in having sex or have less desire for sex than you used to.
  • Arousal disorders ­- When you don't feel a sexual response in your body or you cannot stay sexually aroused.
  • Orgasmic disorders ­- When you can't have an orgasm or you have pain during orgasm.
  • Sexual pain disorders ­- When you have pain during or after sex.


Female Sexual Dysfunction: Evaluation and Treatment by Nancy A. Phillips, M.D. (American Family Physician July 01, 2000,

Written by editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 09/00