Orgasmic Disorder

An orgasm is the release of intense feelings during sexual stimulation. Orgasmic disorder occurs when a women either has no orgasms or has difficulty reaching orgasm, even when there is sufficient sexual stimulation. Similar to sexual arousal disorder, a woman may experience orgasm dysfunction because of emotional or physical factors. Often a combination of reasons contribute to the inability to orgasm. 

The following emotional and physical problems are a few of the factors that can contribute to this disorder:

  • History of gynecological surgeries, such as a hysterectomy
  • The use of some depression medications (particularly SSRI's)
  • Guilt about enjoying sexual activity
  • Cultural or religious beliefs
  • History of sexual abuse
  • Poor self-esteem
  • History of depression or anxiety
  • Relationship issues

Treatment for orgasmic disorder depends on the cause of the dysfunction. A thorough review of your medical history and a physical examination can help to determine if the cause is primarily emotional or physical. In addition to treating any underlying medical conditions, counseling can be a helpful tool in treating sexual dysfunction disorders.   Balance Women's Health providers recognize the importance of an individualized plan to treat orgasmic disorder.

Please remember this information is intended for educational purposes only and should not substitute medical advice from a healthcare provider.