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Sexual Dysfunction

After delivering your babies, or as you age into your 30s and 40s despite whether or not you have delivered children, you may notice a change in your vaginal tissues. I cannot tell you how many women come to my office, usually under the guise of another problem, and ultimately share with me the difficulties they are having with intercourse. Many women will tell me sex with their partner isn’t the same as it used to be. I’ve heard women refer to their vaginas as the “Lincoln Tunnel” or the “Grand Canyon.” While they try to make light of the problem they are having, the tears they shed give away their true feelings. Some women are heartbroken that they have experienced a decreased in their orgasms or even arousal. Other women, especially women who have experienced menopause or have received medications that stop their menses, may report dryness during intercourse. I often think of putting up a billboard that says, “YOU ARE NOT ALONE!” because many women feel very alone in their suffering and, what’s worse, they feel they are letting their partner down. It can affect their self esteem and how they feel about their relationships. Sexual health is not discussed much in the media, but we have been hearing more about it now than ever before because now we have treatment options. So, let’s learn more:

Trouble with Orgasms or Decreased Orgasms

If you are not able to have orgasms anymore, you need to be evaluated. A loss of orgasms may indicate there is another issue that could be affecting your spine or nerves. If, however, you experience a decrease in orgasm, or the orgasms are not as strong, there are some new options you may want to consider such as Viveve Radiofrequency and the O-Shot.

Decreased Arousal

Decreased arousal is a tricky problem to have because there are many variables that affect a woman’s ability to become aroused. For example, do you really LIKE you partner? It may sound funny, but if your partner does not treat you well, you may never feel aroused. This will require counseling with a couple’s counselor or a sex therapist. Other potential variables include: fatigue, time constraints, hormone imbalances and certain medical problems. If you struggle with decreased arousal, options you may want to consider include Viveve Radiofrequency and the O-Shot.

Decreased Lubrication

Many women, even women in their 20s taking an oral contraceptive, experience vaginal dryness. Women experiencing menopause and women who are taking antiestrogens or medications that stop menses will also notice a dryness or soreness in the vaginal area. There are several options for treatment including: vaginal hormone creams/suppositories/ring, lubricants that do not contain parabens or sugars, moisturizers, and vaginal energy-based devices such as Viveve radiofrequency or ablative laser technologies. Learn more about Viveve.

Vaginal Looseness

Also known as Vaginal laxity, this is a condition in which the vagina does not feel tight enough during intercourse. Unfortunately, you don’t have to have had a vaginal delivery to experience this symptom. Luckily, we have great options to make things better. Options include Viveve Radiofrequency, Vaginoplasty and Perineoplasty.

The information about sexual dysfunction was reviewed by Dr. Maria Canter. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us using our contact form below.

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