With growing awareness of sexual health amongst women, many cases of female impotence have been reported. It is not that female impotence was not present in earlier times, but lack of knowledge, certain social inhibitions prevented females to complain of their sexual life. Today in the age of modern era, many women have shed their inhibitions and come forward with complaints of female impotence for its cure.
Female impotence is as common as male impotence. It is also known as female sexual dysfunction. Female impotence can be described as difficulty in sexual intercourse either due to lack of desire, or arousal, or achieving of an orgasm.
Many women experience sexual problems at some point in their life. It can be either for a short duration as it happens during sickness, or a lifelong impotence. Some females can complain of this disorder in later part of their life during menopause after enjoying a normal healthy sexual life during their childbearing age.
What Causes Female Sexual Dysfunction?
Here are some important causes for female impotence:
- Certain chronic diseases such as arthritis.
- Neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis.
- Surgical repair of pelvic organs.
- Pelvic fracture, spinal cord injury.
- Diabetes mellitus, hypo or hyper functioning thyroid.
- Patient taking medications: antihypertensive, antidepressant, chemotherapy drugs etc.
- Addictions: Alcohol, tobacco etc.
- Extreme obesity leading to mechanical interference.
Dyspareunia: it is pain during sexual intercourse.
It is one of the major causes for female impotence. Following are the reason for painful sex.
- Vaginismus: this condition result as a consequence of involuntary painful and spasmodic contraction of muscles surrounding the vagina during sex or while digital examination. It can be due to mere nervousness or hysteria.
- Physical causes: include aversion to sex when marriage is unsuitable or nervousness especially in the newly married women.
- Small vagina and vulva.
- Inflammation in and around the vaginal area.
- Deep seated conditions such as prolapsed of the uterus, pelvic inflammation etc.
Hormonal changes: hormonal changes after menopause can cause changes in the genital tissue and sexual organs in females. Lack of lubrication and dryness of vagina may result from this hormonal changes leading to female impotency.
Psychological and situational problems:
- Religious orthodoxy.
- Depression, anxiety, fear, guilt, interpersonal relationship problems between partners.
- Emotional long standing stress.
- Difficulty in attaining orgasm.
Symptoms Of Impotence In Women
Female impotence symptoms can be experienced at any time; following are some of the symptoms of female impotency.
- Desire for sexual intercourse is completely lacking.
- The female is unable to enjoy sex.
- Dry vagina. There is no lubrication of vagina before performing the act that makes intercourse difficult and painful.
- Absence of orgasm even if a female is sexually aroused. Many women may not achieve orgasm despite the desire to have sex this may occur as a result of sexual inexperience.
Treatment For Female Impotence
- Gynecological examination is necessary of the female to rule out any pathological obstruction.
- Psychiatric examination of both the partners is essential. The quality of their interrelationship must be assessed.
- Psychosocial counseling: it helps both partners to understand and fulfill the needs of each other.
- Recent research has suggested some anti impotence medications have helped in treating impotence in females by increasing the blood flow in the sexual organs.
- Female experiencing vaginal dryness may apply vaginal lubricants during sexual act.
- Hormonal replacement therapy may help in some women.
- Healthy lifestyle such as avoiding smoking, alcohol etc. and regular exercise help to alleviate the symptoms of female impotence.
- Alternative therapy such as yoga and meditation is useful to relieve stress.