Women’s problems get short shrift
Submitted by: Marc Gittelman
Submitted on: November 178, 2008
Q: I read your column regularly to learn what I can about real sexual issues. But none of my doctors have ever asked me about my own sexuality, not even my gynecologist. Is that because there are so few of us women interested in our sexuality, or because there are so few answers out there?
A: You are joined by millions of women around the country in experiencing sexual issues. A recent study of nearly 40,000 U.S. women found that 44 percent experienced low desire, orgasmic problems or a decline in either physical or psychological arousal.
But the number dropped to only 12 percent when the women were asked if their sexual problems caused them some level of distress in their sex life. This is an incredibly high number of women. Interestingly, the percentage of women admitting their sexual problems was highest (nearly 15 percent) among those ages 45 to 64, compared with 10 percent of those between 18 and 44.
Women who said they had any sexual problem rated themselves in poor health and said they were more likely to have experienced depression or anxiety. Knowledge about such studies help women understand there are millions of women suffering from similar sexual problems like low desire and difficulties achieving orgasm-both of which can lead to personal issues and relationship strains.
These studies also empower women to discuss their sexual health-and potential treatments-with their gynecologist, urologist or physician. While there are no FDA-approved medicines yet for the treatment of female sexual problem, there is much research in progress.