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Female Sexual Health Specialist in Fort Worth, TX

Solutions for Female Sexual Dysfunction Available from Dr. Carolyn Quist

There can be many factors, both physical and physiological, that can cause a woman to have sexual problems.

If you are taking certain medicines, have a disease, or relationship problems, it can affect your sex life. Certain times of women’s lives can also cause disruptions in sexual desire or arousal including after childbirth or menopause, or during stressful times throughout life.

Dr. Carolyn Quist is a board-certified gynecologist with over 25 years of experience treating women with a variety of conditions including sexual dysfunction.  Call (817) 926-1313 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Quist today!

What is Female Sexual Dysfunction?

Female sexual dysfunction is a broad term that encompasses the various problems that keep women from having the sexual response they desire. Some of the medical causes that contribute to female sexual dysfunction include pelvic pain, hormonal changes (often brought on by menopause), neurological problems, medication interactions, and cardiovascular conditions.

There are four classifications of female sexual dysfunction. These include:

  • Desire Disorders: Low Desire and avoiding of sexual contact.
  • Arousal/Stimulation Disorders: The inability to have or maintain sufficient sexual arousal including lack of genital swelling and lubrication
  • Orgasmic Disorders: The absence or delay in orgasm after sufficient sexual arousal and stimulation
  • Pain Disorders: Pain in the genital area associated with sexual intercourse (also known as dyspareunia). Spasms of the pelvic floor muscles resulting in painful penetration is another condition (vaginismus)

What Causes Sexual Dysfunction?

There can be many factors, both physical and physiological, that can cause a woman to have sexual problems.

If you are taking certain medicines, have a disease, or relationship problems, it can affect your sex life. Certain times of women’s lives can also cause disruptions in sexual desire or arousal including after childbirth or menopause, or during stressful times throughout life.

Dyspareunia, or Painful Intercourse

If you experience pain during sex, vaginal dryness, or inflammation of your vagina, you may have a sexual dysfunction problem.

Vaginal Dryness

Vaginal dryness is a common symptom of menopause due to changes in hormone levels. The drop in estrogen levels in women going through menopause can lead to vaginal dryness and painful intercourse. While you can make changes in your sex life to help with vaginal dryness, medications or other treatments may be necessary.

Atrophic Vaginitis

When the vaginal walls have thinned and are dry, it can cause your vagina to be irritated and inflamed. This can cause sexual intercourse to be a painful experience, and may cause women to avoid sex. A vaginal infection can sometimes be the cause of inflammation. Be sure to see Dr. Quist if you think you have an infection.

Inhibited Sexual Desire

Sexual apathy or aversion can be caused by the above physical problems or they could stem from an emotional cause such as:

  • Anxiety or depression
  • Concerns with self-esteem or physical appearance
  • Relationship problems
  • Stress

Take note of the sexual dysfunction problems you’re having and what’s going on in your life while the problem is occurring. Talk with Dr. Quist about treatment and lifestyle changes that can help provide relief from painful intercourse.

Juliet Feminine Laser

The Juliet feminine laser is a type of treatment for female sexual dysfunction that uses the beneficial effects of light on the vaginal tissues to stimulate the collagen-producing vaginal mucosa. Stimulating new collagen growth helps to promote healthy vaginal tissue, which works to alleviate painful itching, irritation, vaginal dryness, and pain during sex. This gentle treatment option is also incredibly effective at reducing harsh lines and wrinkles of the hands or face.

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Request a Consultation with Dr. Quist

Dr. Quist is a board-certified gynecologist with extensive experience treating female sexual dysfunction. She will take the time to fully evaluate your symptoms in order to determine the treatment option that is right for you. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Carolyn Quist, please call our gynecology office in Fort Worth, Texas today at (817) 926-1313.

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