Sexual health is a major component of many relationships, and when everything is primed, pumped, and in working order, both your sex life and your relationship with your partner can thrive. When any part of that equation is missing — whether that means you no longer have the same sexual response, you find it difficult to achieve orgasm, or sex has become painful — it’s time to examine the problem. At RENUvaGYN in Seattle, board-certified gynecologist Dr. Rebecca Dunsmoor-Su specializes in providing solutions for female sexual dysfunction. To learn more, call or book your appointment online today.
Female sexual dysfunction is the medical term given to persistent or recurrent problems with a woman’s sex drive, sexual response, sexual sensation, or ability to orgasm. Although many women experience sexual dysfunction at some point in their lives, it’s an especially common experience for menopausal and postmenopausal women.
It’s only natural for your sex drive, or libido, to fluctuate over the years. Many women experience a relatively high or stable libido when they’re in a secure relationship where they feel confident about both their body and their sexuality, just as many women experience low libido following major life changes, relationship changes, or illness.
Low libido can be the result of a variety of underlying factors, including declining hormone levels, emotional issues, certain medications, or exhaustion. A persistent lack of interest in sex usually includes feeling no interest in any type of sexual activity, including self-stimulation, and the absence of sexual fantasies or thoughts.
Research suggests that up to half of all sexually active women aren’t satisfied with how often they reach orgasm, and that 10-15% of women have never experienced an orgasm.
Although achieving regular orgasms can be elusive for many women, never having an orgasm, even when sexually excited, may be a sign of sexual dysfunction. Factors that can cause or contribute to the problem include:
Because sexual dysfunction can be caused by a range of factors and manifest in a variety of ways, treatment options are equally diverse.
For one woman, changing a prescription medication that interferes with natural lubrication may be all it takes to restore sexual function, while another woman may benefit most from sex education, physical therapy, psychological therapy, or lifestyle changes.
Many of the menopausal women with sexual dysfunction issues who come in to see Dr. Dunsmoor-Su at RENUvaGYN find significant and long-lasting relief with MonaLisa Touch® laser treatments.
MonaLisa Touch is an unprecedented therapy that uses advanced fractional CO2 laser technology to rejuvenate the tissues that line your vaginal canal. In addition to being a safe and effective way to treat vaginal atrophy and prevent its aftereffects, MonaLisa Touch helps address:
When it comes to addressing menopause-related sexual dysfunction, MonaLisa Touch has an 85-90% rate of success, which means that about nine in 10 women see substantial improvement after just three treatments sessions.