Sexual Dysfunction (Women) | Causes & Risk Factors

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What causes sexual dysfunction?

Many things can cause problems in your sex life. Certain medicines (such as oral contraceptives and chemotherapy drugs), diseases (such as diabetes or high blood pressure), excessive alcohol use or vaginal infections can cause sexual problems. Depression, relationship problems or abuse (current or past abuse) can also cause sexual dysfunction.

You may have less sexual desire during pregnancy, right after childbirth or when you are breastfeeding. After menopause many women feel less sexual desire, have vaginal dryness or have pain during sex due to a decrease in estrogen (a hormone in the body).

The stresses of everyday life can also affect your ability to have sex. Being tired from a busy job or caring for young children may affect your sexual desire. You may also be bored by a long-standing sexual routine.

Source

Female Sexual Dysfunction: Evaluation and Treatment by Nancy A. Phillips, M.D. (American Family Physician July 01, 2000, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20000701/127.html)

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

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

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