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What is Female Sexual Dysfunction (FSD)?

Female sexual dysfunction (FSD) is a persistent, recurrent problem with sexual response, desire or orgasm in women. This not only causes stress within the individual, but strains her relationship with her partner as well.

For decades, women have been quietly keeping their sexual problem to themselves. According to data, 43% of adult women have experienced at least one symptom of FSD and this can occur in any stage of their lives, symptoms may include:

  • inability to achieve orgasm
  • low desire to engage in sex
  • difficulty with sexual response or arousal
  • physical conditions such as poor vaginal lubrication and pain.

NO single treatment has been established as a gold standard. Treatment maybe through patient education, sex therapy or pharmacologic treatment such as intimate gel.

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How Does FSD Affect Relationships?

Female sexual dysfunction (FSD) can have profound effects on women’s relationships with their partners as well as self esteem, confidence and mental health. A woman suffering from sexual problems or FSD may be reluctant to discuss them with others, including her obstetrician-gynecologist. Surveys consistently show that patients want to talk about their sexual issues with health care providers, but are reluctant to initiate the conversation. Heightening awareness among OB-GYNs about FSD, proper assessment methods and treatments, as well as the importance of sensitive and honest patient provider dialogue is essential to the well-being and health of women.

Approximately 4 out of 10 women suffer from at least one symptom of sexual dysfunction with different forms and causes. It is important to address all the aspects of a woman’s sexuality – whether physical, psychological, physiological (mechanical), or interpersonal – in order to resolve the problems.

The Challenges Women with FSD face:

DO I HAVE A PROBLEM?

The prevalence of FSD among women has long been established but it is simply not recognized as a problem with detrimental effects on women’s quality of life.

WHO SHOULD I TALK TO?

Consider talking with your partner about what’s going on. Sometimes a better line of communication is all that is needed.  If necessary, you may want to get counseling, by yourself or with your partner.  Sex therapy, usually a later step in the process, also can be helpful.

WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?

Choice of treatment depends on the cause of your problems.  Often, a combination of treatments works best. If you have a medical condition that is causing your FSD, talk with your doctor about what can be done.

Clinical Studies

Sexual problems are common. Based on a National Health and Social Life Survey, women are more prone to have sexual complaints as compared to men — and this mostly involves physical aspects like dryness, dyspareunia (pain during intercourse), and low libido. In fact, Female Sexual Dysfunction (FSD) affects 20-50% of women and most of the time, this issue is not addressed and treated properly.

Research shows that in South East Asia, women with FSD are most commonly affected by: Orgasmic Disorder, Low Libido, and Lubrication Problems.

  • 33.9% are unable to reach orgasm (orgasmic disorder)
  • 33.8% experience low desire to engage with partner (low libido)
  • 27.8% have poor lubrication
  • 27.6% have difficulty with sexual response (arousal disorder)
  • 22.5% encounter pain

2016, AJRP conducted a local study involving menopausal respondents. These patients experienced symptoms of FSD (such as dry genitalia, discomfort in penetration, lack of sexual desire/interest, does not experience orgasm). Over the course of 3-4 weeks, they were advised to apply VSENSE® daily.

Based on the data gathered, these patients have shown trend on improvement on the rate of sexual enjoyment — less pain and discomfort during intercourse, increased sex drive, and better lubrication.