There are many women who are unable to reach a sexual climax or orgasm even when they are sufficiently aroused to have sexual intercourse. This condition, which is common, is medically termed “Female Orgasmic Disorder” (FOD). Unlike men for whom orgasm is an automatic response to adequate sexual stimulation, for women orgasm is a learned, and not automatic, response. About ten percent of women never experience orgasm through any type of sexual activity – a condition known as Anorgasmia. Anorgasmia is usually caused by one or more of the following factors:
- Sexual inexperience
- Performance anxiety
- Sexual trauma in the past
- Prudish upbringing creating inhibitions about sex and sexual pleasure.
There are women who do enjoy sexual activity in spite of seldom or never reaching orgasm. However, for such women, sexual relationships would be far more pleasurable and fulfilling if they could reach orgasm on most occasions of sexual activity.
On-going research suggests that any type of medication that increases blood flow to the sexual organs will help to treat sexual disorders in women by increasing physical stimulation in the area. Herbal formulations of gels or creams like Vigorelle have shown promising results.
Trials have been conducted with Viagra on the basis that this drug increases blood flow to the genital areas. However, there has been no firm evidence that this drug can work on women. A small study on postmenopausal women found no positive impact of Viagra on sexual response or orgasms. Currently, whenever possible, doctors focus on eliminating medications that might negatively impact sexual performance. Women who suffer from vaginal dryness are advised to use lubricants or sexual stimulant creams during intercourse. Some doctors recommend Kegel exercises, which help to develop the muscles around the outer portion of the vagina that are involved in pleasurable sensations.
In cases of sexual inexperience, masturbation with vibrators has shown remarkable success in overcoming both arousal dysfunction and orgasmic disorder in women. This is because very often the clitoris and vagina have simply not learnt how to respond to stimulation and, therefore, need to be trained to respond to sexual stimulation. The renowned sex therapist and educator, Helen Singer Kaplan, M.D., Ph.D., suggested the use of vibrators in the treatment of non-orgasmic females. She advised that for those women who have never had an orgasm (primary absolute orgasmic dysfunction), should manual masturbation not be sufficient to reach orgasm, then a vibrator is indicated.
Psychological counseling, as well as coaching in sexual foreplay and stimulation techniques, can also go a long way towards overcoming female sexual dysfunction.