What is Anorgasmia?

Anorgasmia is a pathological condition more prevalent in females than in males where an individual finds it very difficult to achieve orgasm or does not achieve orgasm at all after sexual activity. Anorgasmia can affect the psyche of an individual negatively that the individual becomes frustrated and irritated. Anorgasmia is mostly seen in postmenopausal females. There are three types of Anorgasmia which are primary, secondary and situational.

What is Anorgasmia?

Primary Anorgasmia: This is quite common form of Anorgasmia in females where the female has never achieved orgasm.

Secondary Anorgasmia: This is a condition in which the female gradually over a period of time loses her ability to achieve orgasm after sexual activity despite adequate stimulation. This can be due to many factors which may be revolving around in her mind like work stress, depression, excessive alcohol intake and estrogen deficiency.

Situational Anorgasmia: This is a condition in which a female is able to achieve orgasm with a specific type of stimulation. Any other type of stimulation will not bring about orgasm in that female.

What are some of the Common Causes of Anorgasmia?

Anorgasmia can be considered more of a psychiatric disorder than a condition related to body dysfunction. Anorgasmia may cause temporary or sometimes even permanent sexual dysfunction. Anorgasmia can be caused due to medical conditions like hormonal imbalance, pelvic injury, diabetic neuropathy, spinal cord injury, uterus removal and certain heart diseases. Anorgasmia is mostly seen in females who have reached menopause. Anorgasmia can be caused due to emotional, medical, and psychological causes.

Emotional Causes of Anorgasmia:

Some of the emotional causes of Anorgasmia are:

  • Certain misunderstandings and conflicts with partner which causes undue stress on the individual leading to decreased desire for sex may lead to Anorgasmia.
  • Lack of an emotional connect with partner can lead to decreased sexual desire resulting in Anorgasmia
  • Lack of communication with regard to sexual needs with the partner can decrease sexual interest resulting in Anorgasmia
  • Ignorance in sexual life can also lead to decrease sexual desire causing Anorgasmia

Medical Causes of Anorgasmia:

Some of the medical causes of Anorgasmia are:

  • Diabetes and diabetic neuropathy is one of the primary cause of Anorgasmia in females
  • Certain heart conditions may also result in decreased sexual desire and cause Anorgasmia
  • An injury to the spinal cord due to a motor vehicle crash or any other direct trauma can cause Anorgasmia
  • An injury to the pelvic region or in cases where an individual has had a pelvic surgery may also result in Anorgasmia
  • Multiple Sclerosis is a neurological disorder which may cause decreased sexual desire and Anorgasmia
  • Hypertension
  • if an individual has undergone surgical procedure like a hysterectomy then it may also lead to Anorgasmia.

Psychological Causes of Anorgasmia:

Certain psychological causes of Anorgasmia are:

  • Depression is the primary cause which leads to lack of sexual desire which in turn leads to Anorgasmia
  • Increased stress is yet another common cause for an individual to have a lack of desire for sex causing Anorgasmia
  • If an individual has a history of sexual abuse as a child then it may impact the sexual life of that person adversely causing Anorgasmia

Some of the Other Common Causes of Anorgasmia are:

  • Excessive alcohol abuse
  • Excessive tobacco consumption
  • Recreational drug abuse
  • Excessive use of antidepressants.

What are the Symptoms of Anorgasmia?

Inability to reach orgasm and incomplete sexual satisfaction is the primary Anorgasmia. In some cases, Anorgasmia can also cause an individual to take a significantly long time to reach an orgasm. Some of the common symptoms of Anorgasmia are:

  • Never getting orgasm
  • Inability to reach orgasm due to situational or psychological issues
  • Reaching orgasm only with a specific stimulation.

How is Anorgasmia Diagnosed?

When a female suspects she has Anorgasmia, a consultation with a physician is quite helpful in reaching a diagnosis and formulating a treatment plan. Medical causes for Anorgasmia can be diagnosed through pelvic examinations, blood cultures, urinalysis, FSH, LH, serum testosterone level examination and vaginal discharge culture. For females who have Anorgasmia due to certain psychiatric dysfunction or poor self esteem then a psychiatric or a psychological consultation is required to get the female out of the mental block and get rid of Anorgasmia.

What are the Natural Treatments for Anorgasmia?

Apart from medications to stimulate orgasm, there are also certain natural treatments which have shown a lot of promise and are quite effective in treating Anorgasmia. Some of the Natural Treatments for Anorgasmia are:

Hypnotherapy: This is quite en effective non-medicinal and natural way of treating Anorgasmia. In this therapy, negative subconscious patterns in the mind are replaced with positive patterns. This therapy is very helpful for those who have Anorgasmia due to stress, intimacy issues, and poor self esteem.

Physiotherapy: There are certain exercises which are quite helpful for treating Anorgasmia. This is also a non-medicinal and natural way of getting rid of Anorgasmia. One such exercise is the Kegel exercise which is a pelvic exercise which is very effective in regard to pelvic stability and helping cope with Anorgasmia.

Smoking Cessation: Saying no to tobacco is the best natural treatment to help with Anorgasmia. Tobacco restricts blood flow to the sexual organs and thus decreases the desire for sex and ultimately leads to Anorgasmia and hence quitting any form of tobacco is the best natural way of treating Anorgasmia.

Alcohol Abstinence: Staying away from alcohol or taking it in moderation is also quite an effective natural treatment for Anorgasmia. Alcohol reduces sexual stamina and makes it difficult to reach orgasm resulting in Anorgasmia.

Psychological Counseling: If an individual has an issue with her partner when it comes to sexual desires and needs and is not able to communicate it to the partner then psychological counseling is quite helpful in getting over with that as a lack of communication is one of the most common causes of Anorgasmia.

Arginine: This is yet another effective natural treatment for Anorgasmia. It is a herb which helps in treating impotence and other sexual dysfunctions including Anorgasmia. This herb contains amino acids and L-arginine which relaxes the arteries and improves blood flow to the sexual organs improving sexual desire and thus treating Anorgasmia.

Gingko: This is also quite an effective natural treatment for Anorgasmia. It contains ingredients that increase sexual desire and increases stimulation and thus is quite effective in treating Anorgasmia.

Ginseng Root: This is also a good natural treatment for Anorgasmia. This herb has shown to treat various sexual dysfunctions including Anorgasmia. Ginsenosides in the ginseng root improves the release of nitric oxide to the blood vessels increasing the blood flow to the clitoris and thus treating Anorgasmia.

St. John's Wort: This is an effective natural way to get rid of depression and stress and thus helping with conditions like Anorgasmia.

In summary, Anorgasmia is a condition which if not attended to on time and appropriately may lead to certain complications like infertility. This condition can be treated both with medications as well as by natural means as described above but it is important to not let the stress limit you and the need to have proper communication with your partner especially in regard to sexual desires. If these things are done appropriately then it becomes easier for you to get rid of Anorgasmia.

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Last Modified On: September 8, 2016

Pain Assist Inc.

Pramod Kerkar
  Note: Information provided is not a substitute for physician, hospital or any form of medical care. Examination and Investigation is necessary for correct diagnosis.

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