Disorders of Orgasm or Sexual Pain

By: Sandra Porter

Info about Sexual Dysfunctions

Sexual dysfunction is a problem for anyone that prevents you from desiring or enjoying sexual activity. Its normal for people to have different levels of desire and for it to change over time. Sexual dysfunction can accur at any age for both men and women but as you get older more risks will increase that you could have this type of disorder. So dont feel like you are alone and your the only one with this type of disorder; their are 43 percent of women and 31 percent of men that report some degree of difficulty "Sexual dysfunction refers to a problem occurring during any phase of the sexual response cycle that prevents the individual or couple from experiencing satisfaction from the sexual activity. The sexual response cycle traditionally includes excitement, plateau, orgasm and resolution. Desire and arousal are both part of the excitement phase of the sexual response" (Cleveland Clinic,2014) Their is a pain disorder that is when their is pain during sexual intercourse and then their is an orgasm disorder which is when their is a delay or an absence or orgasm.

Possible Cauese of Disorder

Their are many different causes of the disorder ranging from physical/medical cauese to psychological causes. The causes of the condition include diabetes, heart and vascular (blood vessel) disease, neurological disorders, hormonal imbalances, chronic diseases such as kidney or liver failure, and alcoholism and drug abuse. You may also be experiencing this disorder due to a side affect from a medication that you are taking expecially if you are taking an antidepresent drug, so make sure you check with your doctor on the side effects of your medication. The psychological causes of this disorder could be due to a work-related stress and anxiety, concern about sexual performance, marital or relationship problems, depression, feelings of guilt, and the effects of a past sexual trauma.

Treatment Options

Their are several differnt ways that this disorder can be treated.

- You can take medication, men and women with hormone deficiencies may benefit from hormone shots, pills or creams. For men, drugs including sildenafil (Viagra) may help improve sexual function by increasing blood flow to the penis.

- Mechincal aids for women that may be experiencing pain during intercourse.

-Going to a sex therapist can help couples that may not want to go the medication route they can help the couple address their sexual problem.

- Behavioral techniques which includes insights into harmful behaviors in the relationship or techniques such as self-stimulation for treatment of problems with arousal and/or orgasm.

- Psychotherapy with a trained counselor can help a person address sexual trauma from the past, feelings of anxiety, fear or guilt, and poor body image (Cleveland Clinic,2014).

Myths on the Sexual Disorder


- Myth tight underwear can cause erectile dysfunction. Truth their is not real evidence that is true.

- Myth erectile dysfunction occurs when you are not attracted to your partner. Truth the problem starts with a biological reason.

- Myth erectile dysfunction is a normal part of aging. Truth its not some disorder that every man gets when older its just another disorder that is more commen in older men.

- Myth erectile dysfunction is best treated with oral medication. Truth not all oral medications work for everyone.


- Myth their is a norm of female sexual finction. Truth sexual desire differs over time and between people for a range of reasons largely related to relationships, life situations, past experiences, and individual and social expectations—and “normality” can vary widely from person to person.

- Myth femal sexual dysfunction is labeled as a disease catergory. Truth it is almost impossible to come up with an effective treatment that will help all of womens sexual disorders because their are so many different disorders.

- Myth their are 26 drugs approved for men and non for women. Truth their are only 6 different drugs for men.



  • - Inability to achieve or maintain an erection suitable for intercourse (erectile dysfunction)
  • - Absent or delayed ejaculation despite adequate sexual stimulation
  • - Inability to control the timing of ejaculation (premature or retarded ejaculation)
  • Women:
  • - Lack of interest in or desire for sex
  • - Inability to achieve orgasm
  • - Inadequate vaginal lubrication before and during intercourse
  • - Inability to relax the vaginal muscles enough to allow intercourse
  • Men and Women:
  • - Lack of interest in or desire for sex
  • - Inability to become aroused
  • - Pain with intercourse
  • (Cleveland Clinic,2014)
  • References:

    Sexual Dusfunction,Healthline.Health Line Staff. Dec 17th 2013. http://www.healthline.com/health/sexual-dysfunction#Overview1

    An Overview of Sexual Dysfunction,Cleveland Clinic.2014. http://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases_conditions/hic_An_Overview_of_Sexual_Dysfunction

    The FDA’s Hesitation to Approve ‘Female Sexual Dysfunction’ Drugs Isn’t About Sexism,RH Reality Check. By Coco Jervis National Women's Health Network.Nov 13th 2014. http://rhrealitycheck.org/article/2014/11/13/fdas-hesitation-approve-female-sexual-dysfunction-drugs-isnt-sexism/