Understanding Female Sexual Problems -- Symptoms

Medically Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson, MD on July 20, 2021

What Are the Symptoms of Female Sexual Problems?

The symptoms of female sexual problems include:

  • Lack of sexual desire, sexual fantasies, or interest in sexual contact
  • Lack of signs of sexual arousal, including vaginal lubrication, erection of the clitoris and nipples, and swelling of the labia despite adequate sexual stimulation
  • Inability to reach an orgasm despite adequate sexual stimulation and signs of arousal
  • Painful spasm of the muscles around the vagina
  • Pain with vaginal penetration
  • Sensation of burning or pain, either in the vulva and the external areas of the vagina, or deep within the pelvis

Call Your Doctor About Sexual Problems If:

  • You or your partner are experiencing significant distress due to sexual dysfunction.
  • You lack any desire for sexual contact.
  • You are unable to become sexually aroused or to have an orgasm, either as a new development or as a lifelong problem.
  • You experience pain with intercourse or vaginal penetration.
  • You are unable to participate in intercourse or vaginal penetration because you have involuntary muscle spasms around the vagina.
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