What Is Female Impotence?

When men experience impotence the world sees, displayed by his inability to get an erection, while for women, the problems associated with female impotence can be easily hidden.

Some women may feel no desire for sex and experience no sense of loss, while others feel upset and under stress in a relationship if their sex drive wanes.

The best definition for female impotence is the woman’s view of her own situation; if she is happy with things as they are, there is no problem, but if she is not, it is worth considering the possible causes of her sexual disorder and available female impotence treatments.

Anything which spoils or prevents a woman enjoying a fulfilling sex life can be described as female impotence. (See Ten Things Men Should Know About Women)

Persistent, recurrent problems with sexual response or desire — that distress a woman or strain her relationship with your partner — are known medically as female sexual dysfunction.
 

Causes of Female Impotence

Female impotence – more correctly described as female sexual dysfunction – can occur at any age or stage in life, and it can be a temporary condition or last for years.

Science says sex is good for you, but a woman’s sexual response is wired differently from men’s, so sorting out female impotence causes can be much more complex than finding an erection pill for a man. Women’s sexual problems often involve multiple inter- personal physical and psychological factors.

Sexual response involves a complex interaction of physical and emotional factors, and is influenced by previous experience, how a woman’s family treated sex, whether she has been hurt in an earlier relationship, and her overall physical health and self-image.
 

How Emotions Affect Women’s Response

If a mother considered sex “dirty” and told her daughter men “just used women”, or if a woman has convinced herself she is fat and feels self-conscious when naked, if an uncle abused her and she’s never admitted it to anyone – all of these situations carry heavy emotional weight which may make a difference to a woman’s ability to respond sexually.

Much less dramatic situations – feeling tired and over-worked, or feeling her partner is not pulling his weight at home but then expects her to turn up the heat at bedtime - can all be serious libido dampers for women.

Some chronic conditions, such as diabetes or multiple sclerosis, can alter a woman's sexual-response cycle — causing changes in arousal or orgasmic response.
 

Symptoms of Female Impotence

Because of the inter-relationship of emotional and physical in women’s sexual response, a woman may experience more than one type of female sexual dysfunction. 

The most common female impotence problems are:
  • Low sexual desire

Diminished sex drive is so common it can be considered “normal” for many women, says Sydney sex expert Dr Rosie King in Where Did My Libido Go? (Random House 2010).
 
Highs and lows in sexual desire may coincide with the beginning or end of a relationship or major life changes, such as pregnancy or menopause.

Desire is often connected to a woman's sense of intimacy with her partner, as well her past experiences. Over time, psychological troubles can contribute to biological problems and vice versa.
 
  • Sexual arousal disorder

A woman’s desire for sex might be intact, but she may have difficulty or are unable to become aroused or maintain arousal during sex.
 
  • Orgasmic disorder 

A woman may have persistent or recurrent difficulty in achieving orgasm after sufficient sexual arousal and on-going stimulation.
 
  • Sexual pain disorder

Pain experienced as a consequence of sexual stimulation or vaginal contact can be due to a number of physical conditions.
 

Female Impotence - Physical and Hormonal Changes

Physical health problems can contribute to female sexual dysfunction, particularly as women age.

Women who suffer from conditions like arthritis, urinary or bowel difficulties, pelvic surgery, fatigue, headaches, diabetes, other pain problems, and neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis may all feel little inclination to have sex, not enjoy sex or feel discomfort during sex.

Certain medications, including some antidepressants, blood pressure medications, antihistamines and chemotherapy drugs, can decrease sex drive and the body's ability to experience orgasm.

Hormonal changes at menopause, after child birth, or from use of the contraceptive Pill can all affect a woman’s sexual response. (See Ten Myths about Sex, Menopause, & Aging)

Lower estrogen levels after menopause may lead to changes in a woman’s genital tissues and sexual responsiveness. The folds of skin that cover the genital area (labia) become thinner, exposing more of the clitoris. This increased exposure sometimes reduces the sensitivity of the clitoris.

The vaginal lining also becomes thinner and less elastic, particularly if the woman is not sexually active, causing a need for more stimulation to relax and lubricate before intercourse. These factors can lead to painful intercourse (dyspareunia), and it may take longer to experience orgasm.

A woman’s hormone levels also shift after giving birth and during breast-feeding, which can lead to vaginal dryness and can affect your desire to have sex.
 

Female Impotence Treatment

There are a wide range of treatments and life style changes which will make a big difference to the quality of a woman’s sex life if she is experiencing sexual difficulties or is dissatisfied sexually.

They range from a change in attitude – giving sex more priority in your life, to herbal supplements like Ignite for Women, testosterone or estrogen hormone supplements, bio-identical hormone creams and gels or creams for vaginal lubrication like Ignite Intimate Gel, clitoral stimulating products and relationship counselling or sex therapy.