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Who can get Female Sexual Arousal Disorder?

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Some women going through menopause tend to find themselves experiencing female sexual arousal disorder or FSAD. This happens because of hormonal imbalances in the body and plagues about 25% of women in America (or 47 million) where 75% of them are postmenopausal.

Menopause and FSAD

Menopause causes symptoms in women, such as vaginal dryness and can develop into FSAD, which is described as the inability to produce lubricants or reach orgasms. Sexual desire will then decrease, making intercourse difficult and painful. Many women claim that they are unable to become turned on. A lot of the women who reach menopause don't experience the FSAD condition and actually say that their sex lives are even better.

What Causes FSAD to Occur?

For most women, it will happen due to either menopause or lack of libido (sex drive). Losing libido can occur due to medical conditions, medications, mental or psychological purposes. It is said that medications for blood pressure and heart disease are known to decrease libido. Illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease can play roles in FSAD developing. Any form of illness that can decrease blood flow can lower sensation to the vaginal area, thus decreasing sexual arousal. Depression and stress are also known to cause FSAD in many women. A lot of the time, FSAD is formed due to mentality. Women grow up in a society where older woman are deemed as non-sexy and shouldn't engage in intercourse. When a woman goes through menopause, likely she will feel that since she is no longer able to bare children, that she is less of a woman. Other times, women love the idea of not having to worry about getting pregnant and experience increases in sexual drive.

How can I tell if I Have FSAD?

You may experience symptoms that are often times associated with PMS, puberty and menopause, such as headaches, fatigue, insomnia, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, lower libido levels, bloating, oily skin and acne, depression, tender breasts, weight gain and bone loss.

Is FSAD Forever?

Many women notice desire discrepancies in their relationships (lower libido than their partner), which is caused by menopause, stress, medications or medical illnesses. Oftentimes women will claim that they only experience arousal disorders from one month to over six months. So for some women FSAD is a temporary condition that sometimes reoccurs throughout their lifetime. Other women notice the development of female sexual arousal disorder that lasts for years and continues if left untreated. There are some home remedies that you can do to help with FSAD, such as using aphrodisiac foods and aromas. You can also find natural treatments that are safe and affordable (as opposed to hormone replacement therapy).

Treatments for FSAD

Women can try to prevent FSAD by doing kegel exercises to help strengthen the pelvic floor. Regular masturbation and sexual intercourse can also help to keep your vaginal walls strong. This allows your sexual drive to last longer as well.
Sources:
http://www.healthatoz.com/healthatoz/Atoz/common/standard/transform.jsp?requestURI=/healthatoz/Atoz/ency/female_sexual_arousal_disorder_.jsp
http://www.femalepatient.com/html/arc/sel/april02/article03.asp

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