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Are you having trouble becoming physically aroused or maintaining your physical arousal during intercourse? 

If so, you may be experiencing female sexual arousal disorder (FSAD).

What is FSAD?

Female Sexual Arousal Disorder (FSAD) is the inability to attain sexual arousal or to maintain arousal until the completion of a sexual activity. FSAD also refers to the lack of normal lubrication during sexual activities.

How many women have FSAD?

In general, 43% of women suffer from some type of female sexual dysfunction, including FSAD.

What are the symptoms

The most common symptoms of FSAD include:

  • Decreased interest in sex or thoughts related to sex
  • Decreased initiation of sex
  • Lack of lubrication
  • Lack of arousal
  • Pain with sex

Treatment Options

A combination of treatment options can be used to alleviate the symptoms associated with FSAD, and to help patients return to normal function.

Some treatment options include:

  • Hormone therapy, including testosterone
  • Addyi
  • Counseling

What to expect on your visit

During your visit, you can expect your care team to listen to and address all of your concerns in a safe and trusted space. A consultation for FSAD may include:

  • A history and physical examination
  • Labs
Is this occurring because I’m not attracted to my partner anymore?

Not necessarily, although having an open and honest conversation in the bedroom with your partner may help. FSAD can occur for a variety of reasons, including psychological, hormonal, anatomical, and medication-related causes.

I’ve never used a vibrator before. Will it help me?

Vibrators can help enhance sexual pleasure and can stimulate orgasm. In a recent research study, researchers found that vibrators can also be good for your health, as they can improve pelvic floor muscle strength, improve incontinence, and facilitate treatment of vulvodynia. Vibrators can be used in combination with other resources, like Erotica stories in the Rosy app, and medications, to enhance sexual pleasure and desire.

My doctor at HerMD ordered an FSFI. What is this and what does it mean?

The Female Sexual Function Index, or the FSFI, is a self-report survey that is used to assess sexual function. Results from the FSFI will help your provider measure your sexual health.

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