The changes that take place in the body when we become sexually aroused are referred to as physiological changes. There are subtle changes that we may not notice along with some that are more obvious. These may include: vaginal wetness; vulvar swelling, tingling sensation in the vaginal area, nipple erection or the "goose bump effect", (raised hair on the skin). In some women the problem is that these physiological changes are not taking place and in others the changes may take place but they might not be aware of them.
The absence of sexual arousal can, after a time, become seriously detrimental to a woman's sense of sexuality. This may be a chronic condition or something that is just beginning to happen noticeable because it is affecting her relationship. In addition, this arousal disorder may be accompanied by a change in sexual desire and orgasmic dysfunction. With decreased wetness or swelling sexual intercourse may become painful and may therefore be avoided.
The cause of what we call "arousal disorder" can vary tremendously and it is important for a woman to obtain medical attention which can thoroughly explore the psycho-social and physical elements involved.
To help this disorder the woman can work with her provider. Treatments may include hormones, either oral or topical, Viagra, over the counter medications, devices or counseling. Often a variety or a combination of treatments may be needed and may be most effective.
Read Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus' article Will There Ever Be a Female Viagra?
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