Arousal disorder is when you have a vagina, you have trouble getting or staying aroused (turned on,) and you feel sad, anxious or worried about it.
Symptoms can include:
Avoiding or not wanting to have sex
Never thinking about or fantasizing about having sex
Experiencing consistent loss of libido and sex drive after the start of sex or during sex
Experiencing inconsistent libido or occasional loss of sex drive
If your provider thinks you have arousal disorder and you’re eligible for treatment, treatment options could include:
The best thing you can do for arousal disorder is to see a health care provider that can help you pinpoint any underlying causes that might be causing your symptoms.
In addition to seeking medical treatment for arousal disorder, the following lifestyle choices may help improve the symptoms of arousal disorder:
- Reducing stress to improve your mood through things like getting more sleep, meditation, and breathing exercises
- Limiting alcohol and stopping smoking and using drugs
- Exercising regularly
- Talking with a counselor who specializes in sex and relationship problems
You or your partner can also try:
- Kegel exercises - these can increase blood flow and feeling to your genitals
- Talking with your partner about your likes and dislikes sexually
- Exploring porn (movies, magazines, websites, or other entertainment) that brings you sexual pleasure
- Masturbating, possibly with vibrators or other sex toys if that feels good
- Using lubricants (if you’re using condoms, choose a water-based lubricant)
- EROS Therapy Device: A hand-held device for vulvas with a small plastic cup. It improves blood flow to your genitals to increase vaginal wetness and help you have orgasms.
Or call 1-800-230-7526