Anorgasmia is so common, yet it appears to be a widely misunderstood issue.
What is it, who suffers from it and what are the best treatment options? The following FAQ section will help you learn more about the condition and the manner in which it affects both women and men.
Yes, men suffer from anorgasmia, as well!
What Is Anorgasmia?
Starting with the most basic and probably the most important question, anorgasmia is defined as the persistent difficulty to achieve an orgasm or complete inability to climax. Anorgasmia occurs even after adequate sexual stimulation.
There is no interference in the arousal mechanism but a person finds it very difficult to climax.
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How Common is It?
Anorgasmia is the second most common sexual problem in women. Nearly 10 percent of the US women report that they have never had an orgasm and two thirds of women experience occasional difficulties reaching climax through intercourse.
Though less common in men, the condition will affect anywhere between four and 10 percent of the male population.
Are There Different Kinds Of Anorgasmia?
Depending on the symptoms and the specifics of the condition, anorgasmia can be classified as primary, secondary and situation. Primary anorgasmia affects a very small portion of people who have never experienced an orgasm.
People who used to have orgasms but are currently incapable of climaxing are considered to suffer from secondary anorgasmia. Situational anorgasmia is characterized by ability to climax solely through highly specific types of stimulation.
This is the most common variety of anorgasmia among women.
Why is Anorgasmia Considered a Predominantly Female Issue?
In the past, women having difficulties climaxing through intercourse were considered “frigid.” Often, female physiology was considered to be the explanation rather than the inability of a partner to stimulate a woman adequately.
This is why anorgasmia is so often considered to be a “female problem.” The views have changed today and there are better explanations about the issue and its causes.
Most women who decide to address the problem and who are open about it will eventually become capable of experiencing orgasms during intimacy with a partner.
What Are The Most Common Causes Of Anorgasmia?
Anorgasmia can be caused by medical conditions but psychological issues are a much more widespread cause.
Some of the problems that will result in anorgasmia include chronic stress, depression, relationship problems, inability to trust a partner 100 percent, very strict upbringing, lack of sexual experience or frustration with sex, performance anxiety and body image issues.
Various medical conditions could interfere with the orgasmic response, as well. Diabetes and multiple sclerosis are two conditions that commonly cause anorgasmia.
The use of certain medications like anti-depressants and anti-histamines can cause difficulty reaching orgasms. Excessive alcohol consumption and the use of certain drugs will also potentially interfere with a person’s ability to climax.
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Are There Good Treatments For Anorgasmia?
Talking about the problem with a partner and doing a little bit of sexual exploration will often be the best possibility for tackling anorgasmia. Working with a sex therapist is going to deliver even better results.
Trying kegel exercises is another great possibility for both the men and the women experiencing anorgasmia.
People who take medications that could be causing anorgasmia could be prescribed other pharmaceutical products to deal with the problem. When anorgasmia is caused by hormonal imbalances, physicians will recommend a hormone therapy.
This kind of therapy will be needed in men who have abnormally low testosterone levels or women who are going through menopause.
A physical examination will be needed first to rule out medical conditions or gynecological issues that could be causing anorgasmia. If all the results come back within normal ranges, a physician might suggest work with a therapist.
Understanding the specifics of arousal and the orgasmic response will be essential for experiencing more satisfying intimacy. There are many possibilities to try, even if you have never been capable of climaxing during intercourse.
For a start, you should talk openly with your partner about the issue. The sooner you start feeling comfortable discussing anorgasmia, the easier it will be to look for a treatment option.
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