One study reported that more than 40% of women may be affected by sexual dysfunction, such as lack of desire, problems with sexual arousal or orgasm, or vaginal dryness. Fortunately, treatment options are available to help women have a satisfying sex life.
The Center for Sexual Function, affiliated with Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, has helped adult women of all ages improve their sex life and their health. Some of the common sexual dysfunction conditions treated at the Center for Sexual Function include:
- Low libido (low sex drive or lack of desire). Many women struggle with low sexual desire at some point in their lives, due to medical conditions, medications, relationship issues, or certain life events.
- Low sexual arousal. Women who have problems with sexual arousal are unable to attain or maintain a physical response to intimacy and sex.
- Problems with orgasm (female orgasmic disorder). This is the inability to achieve orgasm, or having delayed orgasms.
- Painful intercourse. This includes dyspareunia, which is pain during sexual intercourse, and vaginismus, which is painful spasms of the muscles of the vagina that prevent intercourse.
- Sexual aversion disorder. This is a strong desire to avoid sexual activity, often linked to traumatic experiences.
Lahey’s Center for Sexual Function also treats:
- Female infertility. Infertility in women is the inability to become pregnant.
- Premature ovarian failure. Also called primary ovarian insufficiency, this is a condition in which the ovaries stop functioning before age 40, causing infertility and other complications.
- Congenital adrenal hyperplasia. This genetic condition, in which the body’s adrenal glands do not make correct amounts of certain hormones, can affect both men and women and can cause infertility.
- Menstrual disorders. Menstrual disorders can include physical and emotional changes just before or during a woman’s menses, painful periods, abnormal bleeding, and more.
- Menopause. Menopause, which marks the end of a woman’s menstrual cycles, can cause symptoms such as vaginal dryness, hot flashes, night sweats, and mood swings.
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is a condition in which women have an imbalance of certain hormones, causing symptoms such as irregular periods, extra body hair on the face or chest, acne, and skin changes.
- Turner syndrome. In this genetic condition, women have certain developmental problems such as delayed puberty, infertility, and other metabolic disorders.
Special Menopause Expertise
The experts at Lahey’s Center for Sexual Function work closely with Elizabeth M. Prusak, MD, a Lahey gynecologist with advanced training and certification in treating menopause symptoms.
The experts at Lahey’s Center for Sexual Function work closely with Carol Anania, MD, a Lahey board certified reproductive endocrinologist who offers the latest services in fertility care. Click here for a summary.
For More Information
The Center for Sexual Function is a service of Lahey’s Department of Endocrinology. All inquiries remain completely confidential:
Center for Sexual Function
Lahey Medical Center, Peabody
One Essex Center Drive
Peabody, MA 01960