Fe­male sex­ual dys­func­tion is real, but don’t be scared

Weekly Trust - - Weekend Magazine - Judd-Leonard Okafor

The phe­nom­e­non that some women fail to ex­pe­ri­ence sat­is­fac­tion from sex­ual ac­tiv­ity is not new.

Med­i­cal lit­er­a­ture has a name for it—fe­male sex­ual dys­func­tion. But ex­perts are still try­ing to un­der­stand it: its preva­lence, pat­terns and risk fac­tors.

Four ex­perts in ob­stet­rics and gy­nae­col­o­gists work­ing in teach­ing hos­pi­tals Katsina and Kano have taken some steps to un­der­stand it.

“There is a paucity of data on FSD in our en­vi­ron­ment, on the preva­lence and risk fac­tors,” they wrote in the open­ing to their study, pub­lished in the Trop­i­cal Jour­nal of Ob­stet­rics and Gy­nae­col­ogy.

Sev­eral fac­tors con­tribute to fe­male sex­ual dys­func­tion. So the re­searchers stud­ied a cross sec­tion of 342 women at­tend­ing fam­ily plan­ning clinic.

They found 86% of the women had one FSD of an­other. Among those with an es­tab­lished FSD, the most preva­lent was dys­func­tion of de­sire. Up to 85% had a dys­func­tion of lu­bri­ca­tion. In 81% of the women, re­searchers recorded dys­func­tion of arousal. Pain ac­counted for a dys­func­tion in 66% of the women, or­gasm ac­counted for a dys­func­tion in 42%. The least preva­lent dys­func­tion, it turned out, was sat­is­fac­tion, in 32% of the women.

The re­search found that the fre­quency of sex­ual ac­tiv­ity and chronic pelvic pain were as­so­ci­ated with FSD. How­ever there was no as­so­ci­a­tion be­tween FSD and the num­ber of years a woman is mar­ried or the mar­i­tal set­ting. There was also no as­so­ci­a­tion with con­di­tions as hy­per­ten­sion, dis­a­betes, pre­vi­ous ab­dom­i­nal or pelvic surgery, pre­vi­ous di­ag­nosed men­tal or psy­chi­atric con­di­tion.

‘There is a high preva­lence of FSD in our en­vi­ron­ment, with dis­or­ders or de­sire, lu­bri­ca­tion and arousal be­ing the most com­mon,” the re­searchers re­ported.

You are not alone. The least you can do is reach out for help.

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