Medical Reasons for Sexual Dysfunction

Posted on: April 16, 2018

Sexual dysfunction is often touted as a condition that only men face, but many women also find themselves in a libido lull. This condition prevents an individual from experiencing satisfaction during any sexual activity. It could affect only the individual, or it could cause issues with a couple’s relationship and sexual satisfaction. There are many potential causes for feeling unfulfilled in the bedroom, but for women, many of them originate in the vagina. Discussing sexual fulfillment (or lack of it) does not have to be taboo, in fact, it should definitely be discussed with a doctor because it can have health impacts outside of just sexual health.

Sexuality is not limited to the bedroom. Sexuality is an integral part of a person, made up of self-confidence, past sexual experiences and relationships, interactions with others and satisfaction with life in general. Throughout life, interest in sexual activities may vary, but a persistent negative association with sexuality can lead to dissatisfaction for life in general, an unhappy attitude, and health conditions like depression, hormonal imbalances, anxiety or high blood pressure. A woman who is questioning her interest in sex should consider the origins of these thoughts. For many, sexual dysfunction branches from a poor body image or the current physical condition of the vagina.

Physical conditions that cause sexual dissatisfaction and treatment options


For some women, the hood covering the clitoris is too thick or large. It may cover the majority of the clitoris even when aroused, which could cause difficulty orgasming. A clitoral hood reduction reduces this covering, allowing the clitoris to be more accessible and sensitive. This leads to a more effective orgasm.


The perineum is the thick layer of skin and muscle between the vaginal opening and anus. Women who have given birth often tear along the perineum or they receive an episiotomy which is a surgical cut into the perineum to make room for the baby’s head to exit the body. While tears and episiotomies are typically surgically repaired following childbirth, sometimes these repairs are poor or the vagina remains stretched out, leading to problems during sex. A perineoplasty can tighten the perineum, reducing this issues.

Inner vagina

The tissues and muscle of the inner portion of the vagina can become stretched out with age or after childbirth leading to looseness and unsatisfactory sexual encounters. A vaginoplasty, also known as vaginal rejuvenation, can tighten these muscles and increase sexual satisfaction.


Many women are born with a large or uneven labia. This condition can cause irritation and make sex more painful. It can also be embarrassing. A labiaplasty can reshape the labia leading to less discomfort and more confidence.

Call for help

Most of these common vaginal conditions and others can be corrected surgically. The recovery period for these procedures is typically short, only requiring a break from sex for 5-8 weeks. Once the vagina has healed, women experience an increase in sexual pleasure and desire immediately. To learn more about sexual dysfunction and how to combat it, schedule an appointment today.