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Articles  |   January 2004
Female sexual function and response
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Obstetrics and Gynecology
Articles   |   January 2004
Female sexual function and response
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, January 2004, Vol. 104, 16S-20S. doi:
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, January 2004, Vol. 104, 16S-20S. doi:
Abstract

Although female sexual dysfunction is a problem with low priority, it can have a profound impact on quality of life. In women, the cycle of sexual response begins in the brain, where a memory, an image, a scent, music, or a fantasy acts as a trigger to prompt sexual arousal. Thus, the brain is really the key and starting place for treatment of sexual dysfunction. Decreased libido, altered arousal, inability to achieve orgasm, and dyspareunia are the four broad types of sexual dysfunction in women. Decreased libido, thought to be related to androgenic hormones, results in delayed or altered arousal, decreased vaginal lubrication and dilation, delayed or absent orgasm, and pain or dyspareunia, which can lead to an aversion to sexual experiences.