You may wonder how your gynecologist can help maximize your sexual health, and the truth is they can help, but only if you let them. Since many women would prefer to keep their sexual pleasure or lack thereof to themselves, it’s impossible to get any help if you don’t ask.
Your Sexual Health Is Personal, Yes, But…
If you were having pain during intercourse, most likely you would tell Dr. Leslie Kardos. If you were having an unusual discharge, you would go to your gynecologist for a diagnosis and treatment.
Unfortunately when it comes to problems with sexual arousal or pleasure, many women don’t share that information with their doctor. It could be due to embarrassment, fear of judgment, or even more commonly a false acceptance that it’s normal.
Women who were raised with certain taboos don’t feel comfortable talking about this subject, even with their doctor. No matter your age, sex should be something all women can and should enjoy.
Some Common Causes Of Libido Issues
It’s not unusual for women to have issues around sexual arousal and satisfaction. The causes can be physical or emotional, and include some of the following:
- Depression and anxiety can lead to libido problems
- Certain prescribed meds for depression can suppress sexual stimulation and enjoyment
- Chronic diseases like diabetes and thyroid disease can affect libido
- Vaginal dryness
- Chronic pain like fibromyalgia
- Diet and lack of exercise
- Lack of sleep
- Lack of intimacy in the relationship
In addition, there is a condition known as Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder or HSDD. This affects a woman’s ability to become aroused separate from the causes listed above. There are treatments available for HSDD including medications, therapy and counseling.
Don’t underestimate the level of stress in your life and how it could be affecting your sexual health.
Strategies To Maximize Your Sexual Health
Even if you are nervous or anxious about discussing libido issues, there are ways to make it a bit easier.
Make an appointment to discuss your issues with Dr. Leslie Kardos separate from your normal check up, and write down all your questions ahead of time. That way you won’t forget anything, and it will help with any nervousness.
Perform some “due diligence” and read about possible reasons for your specific problem. For example, If you are taking antidepressants, talk with your doctor about options.
Be honest and open about everything.
Your gynecologist is there to help you with any issue, so give them the opportunity to help you find solutions.