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Causes

A number of factors or medical conditions can cause sexual dysfunction in women. At the Center for Sexual Function, affiliated with Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, determining the cause of a woman’s sexual dysfunction is the first step in developing the best treatment plan possible.

Possible Causes of Female Sexual Dysfunction

Some common causes of sexual dysfunction in women include:

  • Medical conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, or bladder problems
  • Hormonal problems
  • Menopause
  • Side effects of medications
  • Drug abuse
  • Psychological issues such as stress, depression, or anxiety
  • Past trauma, such as sexual abuse
  • Relationship issues

In some cases, more than one cause of sexual dysfunction could be involved. At Lahey’s Center for Sexual Function, we work with together with our female patients to get to the root causes of their sexual difficulties.

Frequently Asked Questions – Female Sexual Function

Here are some common questions about sexual dysfunction in women that physicians at Lahey’s Center for Sexual Function are often asked.

Most insurance plans cover consultations, office visits and treatments. Some insurers, however, may not cover certain diagnostic tests and certain treatments. It’s important to check with your individual insurance carrier.

Most likely it is the stress that is causing this temporary dysfunction. Other triggers include depression, guilt, anxiety, and boredom. Fortunately, this type of sexual dysfunction usually doesn’t last, and full sexual function should return after the stress or other trigger is recognized and managed.

Perimenopause is the time before menopause when a woman’s sex hormones are declining. Changes in estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone can cause these symptoms, which are common and manageable.

Obesity and overweight status can cause several body changes in women. Sometimes the weight problem can cause hormone imbalances and sometimes the hormone imbalances worsen the weight problem. A thorough medical history, physical examination, and laboratory testing can guide us in identifying and treating the underlying condition.

The experts in Lahey’s Center for Sexual Function can coordinate a treatment plan for you. Some options include localized vaginal hormone therapy, vaginal dilator training, and pelvic floor physical therapy.

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
Phone: 978-538-4674
Fax: 978-538-4712