Sexual Problems Associated With Aging

There are several common sexual problems that can occur as women age. They include hypoactive sexual desire disorder, arousal disorders, orgasmic disorder, and sexual pain. Fortunately there is no need for despair, because there are easy and affordable solutions for each problem. Before you can examine remedies you need to understand the symptoms and characteristics of each problem.

Hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) occurs when a woman has absolutely no sexual desire, fantasies, thoughts, or contact. This can be caused by menopause, certain medications, depression or anxiety, extreme stress, or relationship problems. Treatment usually involves looking at one’s relationship and social issues first. Psychotherapy can be effective in these cases. There are several natural herbal supplements (such as Provestra or Vigorelle) that have been used for centuries to increase libido. These can be very effective in restoring your sex drive.

Arousal disorders is very similar to several of the others and sometimes it can be difficult to differentiate between them. Basically it refers to when a woman does not achieve a lubricating swelling response to sexual stimulation, therefore leaving her feeling unfulfilled. As opposed to HSDD, arousal disorders deal more with the physical symptoms instead of your thoughts and feelings. Sometimes a specialist can locate a most effective treatment, if milder treatments are unsuccessful.

Orgasmic disorder is when a woman is unable to achieve an orgasm or if it takes a considerable amount of time to have one. There are several reasons that this problem can occur. Sometimes it’s because you are having a difficult time in your relationship or have had a particularly bad experience recently. Some are born with the condition, but more commonly it occurs during specific times and circumstances.

Sexual pain is caused by a lack of vaginal lubrication. This is usually the result of depression. Since mild to severe depression usually occurs in women of middle to late age, sexual pain can be linked with age. However, simply treating the depression can solve this problem if depression is the cause. Vaginal dryness is a natural occurrence as the body ages, whether you have a problem with depression or not. This problem can easily be treated with various lubricants. Your doctor should be able to point you in the right direction.

As a woman’s body ages her vagina not only becomes drier, but the walls begin to thin and narrow. The vagina also shortens as the walls become stiffer. Fortunately there are creams to help keep the area supple and lubricated.

There are also a few chronic problems that come with aging that can affect your sex life. For example, arthritis can make sex a little more uncomfortable with various aches and pains. Maintaining an appropriate exercise regimen will help keep you limber and you can always experiment with various sexual positions to find one that is most comfortable for you. Heart problems, incontinence, various medication and even surgeries such as a mastectomy or hysterectomy (leaving a woman feeling less feminine or undesirable) can affect your sex drive as well. Usually when a loss of sexual desire is caused by a medical condition, simply treating the condition can take care of both problems. For everything else, there are various pills, creams, and supplements that can work wonders to help you regain this aspect of your youth.