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Sexual arousal disorder

Essential information for patient and partner

The essential feature is an inability to achieve or maintain an adequate lubrication-swelling response of sexual excitement. It is often accompanied by sexual desire disorder and orgasmic disorder. Women may have little or no subjective sense of sexual arousal. Resulting problems include painful intercourse, sexual avoidance and relationship discord.

General management and advice to patient and partner

Advise similar strategies as in management of low sexual desire (‘sensate focus’ therapy) and anorgasmia, including self-pleasuring manually/with a vibrator and the use of sexual fantasy.

Last edited: 21/1/2004

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