The first thing you need to know is that it’s not just men who suffer from ED. Women can have the same problem too! If you are a woman, then you might want to take some time off work or school because your life may depend on it. You don’t want to end up with a bad reputation like I did when my doctor prescribed me Vicodin instead of Propecia (a drug that was supposed to cure my PCOS).
What Is Anorgasmia?
Anorgasmia is the inability to achieve or maintain an erection during sexual activity. It affects both men and women equally. There are many theories as to why this happens but there isn’t any definitive answer yet. Some doctors believe that it could be due to hormonal imbalances. Others say that it’s genetic. Still others think that it’s due to poor self-esteem issues.
In order for an erection to occur, two things must happen: 1) the nerves in the brain must send signals to the genitals; 2) those signals must travel through blood vessels and reach the genital area where they trigger a response from nerve cells called “Gonads”. If either one of these two things is dysfunctional, then an erection cannot happen.
Anorgasmia can be caused by a combination of factors or just one factor. In some cases it’s a side effect of some medications. In others, it’s caused by hormonal imbalances or psychological issues such as stress and anxiety. Sometimes it’s a combination of things that causes the condition.
Many people suffer in silence because they think that they are the only ones going through it. Or they’re too embarrassed to seek help. But the reality is that anorgasmia is more common than one might think. It doesn’t matter if you are male or female and it doesn’t matter what race or sexual orientation you are.
If you are experiencing anorgasmia, then you should seek help as soon as possible because it can have a negative effect on your self-esteem and relationships with others.
The following are statistics concerning anorgasmia:
Approximately 40% of females have problems achieving orgasms.
Approximately 10% of males have problems achieving orgasms.
More than 109 million people in the United States experience some form of sexual dysfunction.
One out of every four women between the ages of 18 and 59 experiences difficulties during sexual encounters.
What Are The Risk Factors Of Anorgasmia?
Some risk factors that may cause anorgasmia are as follows:
1. Age – As you get older, there are many changes that happen to your body.
While some of these changes are normal, they can affect how your body experiences sexual pleasure. During this time in your life, it is common for most people to experience anorgasmia at one time or another.
2. Hormonal Changes – During adolescence and pregnancy, the hormonal changes that happen to your body can affect your sexual desire and ability.
It is thought that hormonal changes are one of the main causes of anorgasmia in women.
3. Pregnancy – Most women will experience anorgasmia after giving birth.
This is due to the fact that the genital area needs time to heal.
4. Menopause – During this time in a woman’s life, hormonal changes can be severe.
Also, there may be less lubrication during sexual activity.
5. Performance Anxiety – Most men experience performance anxiety at some point in their lives.
This condition is characterized by a lack of desire to engage in sexual activity and even impotence.
6. Mental Illness – Certain mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety can result in anorgasmia.
7. Hormonal Medications – Some commonly used hormonal medications such as birth control pills and steroids can sometimes lead to anorgasmia.
8. Alcohol and Drug Use – Excessive use of alcohol and drugs can cause anorgasmia.
Also, the withdrawal of some drugs such as marijuana may cause problems reaching an erection or achieving an ejaculation.
9. Nerve Damage – Certain medical conditions such as diabetes can cause nerve damage and in some cases anorgasmia.
10. Heart Conditions – Some heart conditions can affect a man’s ability to achieve an erection or cause premature ejaculation.
11. Performance Pressure – Some men feel a need to always be able to achieve an erection when having sexual encounters. If this pressure is internal, then it may cause anxiety and lead to anorgasmia.
12. Psychological Conditions – Some women may experience anxiety during sexual encounters as a result of emotional trauma. This condition is called vaginismus and can cause painful sexual encounters.
13. Disability – There are some conditions such as paralysis and amputation that can prevent men or women from being able to achieve an erection or reach an explosive climax.
What Are The Symptoms Of Anorgasmia?
The symptoms of anorgasmia are as follows:
1. A lack of desire to engage in sexual activity.
2. A lack of ejaculation during an erection.
3. A lack of vaginal lubrication during sexual activity.
4. A lack of ability to achieve an explosive climax.
5. Painful sexual encounters.
6. Anxiety during sexual encounters.
How Is Anorgasmia Diagnosed?
The following steps are necessary in order to diagnose anorgasmia:
1. A physical examination – A physical examination is necessary in order to rule out any medical conditions that may be causing the anorgasmia.
2. A psychological evaluation – It is important to identify any mental conditions that may be causing the anorgasmia.
3. A discussion with your parents – If you are a minor, then it is important to speak to your parents or legal guardians to get their insight on your condition.
If you are experiencing anorgasmia, then there are a variety of treatment options available. The type of treatment that you choose will depend on the cause of the condition. If your anorgasmia is due to a hormonal imbalance, then it may be corrected with hormonal medication. Other treatment options include:
1. Relaxation techniques – Learning how to relax can lead to a greater sexual experience.
2. Imagery – In this treatment, you will be asked to visualize yourself having a positive sexual experience.
3. Behavioral therapy – This involves exposing yourself to situations that make you anxious in a very gradual manner.
1. Hormone therapy – If your anorgasmia is due to hormonal problems, then hormone replacement therapy may be necessary.
2. Psychotherapy and Medication – Psychotherapy in combination with medication may help with the treatment of anorgasmia.
3. Behavioral therapy – If anxiety is causing the anorgasmia, then behavioral therapy may be used in addition to other therapies.
4. Erectile Dysfunction Medication – If your anorgasmia is due to erectile dysfunction, then medication may help with this condition.
If you are a woman and suffering from anorgasmia, then there are a variety of treatment options available to you as well. Treatment options may include:
1. Erotic Stimulation – This involves the use of various tools to increase your ability to achieve an explosive climax.
2. Behavioral Therapy – If anxiety is the cause of your anorgasmia, then behavioral therapy may be effective in alleviating this condition.
3. Relaxation Techniques – There are a wide variety of relaxation techniques that can help you enjoy a positive sexual encounter.
4. Vaginal Dilators – If your anorgasmia is due to a lack of vaginal dilation, then the use of these dilators may increase blood flow to the area and lead to more pleasurable orgasms.
5. Hormone Therapy – If hormonal problems are causing your anorgasmia, then hormone therapy may be used to correct the problem.
6. Psychotherapy and Medication – If you are suffering from a mental condition that is causing your anorgasmia, then psychotherapy in combination with medication may help.
If you are a man or woman suffering from anorgasmia, it is important to seek help sooner rather than later. The longer you allow the condition to persist, the more difficult it will be to treat effectively. See your doctor immediately or go to a sexual dysfunction clinic if need be. If you are a minor and not comfortable speaking with your doctor about this condition, then you can always speak to a counselor or a psychiatrist.
There are many things that can cause anorgasmia. Sometimes the cause may be easily identified such as a hormonal imbalance or erectile dysfunction. Other times the cause of anorgasmia may be less obvious such as a mental condition inhibiting your sexual experience. Whatever the cause, there is no need to suffer in silence. Anorgasmia can and should be treated.
The sooner you seek help, the sooner you can enjoy a richer sexual experience.
Anorgasmia Causes and Types
There are a wide range of possible causes and types of anorgasmia, each with its own unique set of symptoms and characteristics. While some cases may be easily identified, others may be more difficult to pin point. A patient with anorgasmia will typically seek treatment from a medical doctor or psychiatrist. Treatment options may include the use of pharmaceutical drugs, hormonal therapy, psychotherapy and more.
Some potential causes and types of anorgasmia include:
Psychological causes – Anorgasmia caused by some form of mental condition such as a phobia, anxiety or unpleasant previous sexual experience.
Physical causes – Anorgasmia caused by a physical condition, illness or disease such as diabetes, nerve damage, multiple sclerosis or even vaginismus.
Drug use – Anorgasmia caused by the use of recreational drugs such as cocaine, heroine or alcohol.
Menopause – Perimenopause and menopause are the cessation of a woman’s menstrual cycle. During this time frame, hormonal changes may cause anorgasmia in some women.
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