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Anorgasmia

Essential information for patient and partner

Previous trauma, restrictive upbringing and negative attitudes to sex may have led to an inhibition of the normal sexual response. Many women are unable to experience orgasm during intercourse but can often achieve it by clitoral stimulation. Women may achieve sexual satisfaction without an orgasm.

General management and advice to patient and partner

Discuss the couple's beliefs and attitudes. Encourage self-pleasuring, manually or using a vibrator, and the use of sexual fantasy. The couple should be helped to communicate openly and to reduce any unrealistic expectations. Self-help books, leaflets or educational videos may be useful (see Resources for patients and families).

Last edited: 4/12/2003


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