About sexual dysfunction

Common types of sexual dysfunction in women include:

  • Lack of desire or interest in sex (desire disorder)
  • Inability to become physically aroused (arousal disorder)
  • Difficulty achieving orgasm (orgasmic disorder)
  • Pain during intercourse (sexual pain disorder)

Sexual dysfunction can have a variety of causes, both physical and psychological. Physical causes include:

  • Major illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, or heart and cardiovascular disease
  • Certain medications like antidepressants, blood pressure medications, antihistamines, and chemotherapy drugs
  • Psychological factors include stress, anxiety, and depression

Hormonal imbalances during menopause decrease blood flow to the pelvic region, causing reduced genital sensation and longer arousal time before orgasm. Hormonal changes during pregnancy and breastfeeding can also lead to:

  • Vaginal dryness
  • Reduced sexual desire
  • Painful intercourse (dyspareunia).

It is essential to get the help of a doctor specializing in sexual pain and dysfunction, such as Dr. Bahlani at Pelvic Pain Doc in NYC if you are experiencing any of these issues. She can diagnose the underlying cause and recommend a treatment plan.

What can I do about sexual dysfunction?

Treatment for this condition varies depending on the underlying cause; it may involve medications to target physical issues, psychological treatment for mental health concerns, or both. Addressing conditions that cause sexual pain may include:

  • Medications
  • Psychological therapies
  • Injections
  • Surgery

About sexual pain

Painful intercourse, also known as dyspareunia, is a condition that causes discomfort or pain during sexual activity. Symptoms can include:

  • Pain only at sexual entry
  • Pain with every penetration
  • Burning pain during penetration
  • Pain during deep penetration
  • Pain after sex

Common causes of dyspareunia include:

  • Vaginal atrophy
  • Pelvic floor muscle dysfunction
  • Nerve damage
  • Perineum trauma
  • Endometriosis
  • Vulvodynia (chronic vulvar burning sensations)
  • Vestibulodynia (chronic pain around the opening of the vagina) 
  • Vaginismus (involuntary tightening of the pelvic floor muscles)
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What can be done for painful intercourse/ pain during sex?

Treatments for sexual dysfunction in women vary depending on the underlying cause. Examples include:

  • Medications (oral or topical)
  • Psychological therapies such as sex therapy or individual counseling
  • Injections
  • Surgery

Alternative treatments such as acupuncture, hypnosis, herbs, and supplements are also available to treat sexual dysfunction in women. Assessing and treating the root cause is the most important aspect of effectively treating sexual pain, and Dr. Bahlani has pioneered this approach.

Why choose Pelvic Pain Doc for sexual pain and dysfunction?

Pelvic Pain Doc is a practice committed to providing compassionate, individualized care. Dr. Sonia Bahlani takes a holistic approach to treatment with the latest evidence-based treatments and lifestyle modifications. With board eligibility in urology and gynecology, years of expertise, and fellowship training in sexual and pelvic health, Dr. Bahlani is uniquely qualified to assist individuals suffering from sexual pain and dysfunction.

Our mission is to empower patients with the tools to control their pain and reclaim their lives. Patients can expect 5-star care from Dr. Bahlani, a thought leader and expert in resolving pelvic pain. Contact us today to learn how we can help with sexual dysfunction or pain.

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