sexuality concerns for women

What does it look like to be sexually healthy?

What does it look like to be sexually healthy?

As sex therapists, we are actively involved in helping people develop an understanding of sexual health and foster their growth into implementing that understanding into their lives with themselves or their partners.

No matter if I am working with a new therapist in training to develop sex therapy skills or a patient who is searching for solutions to the breakdowns in their life, questions often directly or indirectly come up around what sexual health is.

So, what does it look like to be sexually healthy?

Orgasm Disorders in Women: Treatment in Therapy

Orgasm Disorders in Women: Treatment in Therapy

How Are Female Orgasm Problems Assessed In a Clinical Setting?

In order to determine if sexual dysfunction is truly an inability to orgasm, issues with sexual arousal should be explored first. If a woman cannot become sexually aroused, she is not likely to orgasm. In that case, the issue is likely around sexual arousal and not a problem with orgasm.

To assess female sexual arousal, details about sexual repertoire during partnered sex, adequate stimulation being received, and information about the partner’s sexual functioning should be assessed. Some women are not sure if they have had an orgasm.

Orgasm Disorders in Women: Causes

Orgasm Disorders in Women: Causes

Women vary with regard to the age in which they first have an orgasm, how consistently they have orgasms and how much value they put on them.

Did you know …?

  • There is no universally accepted definition of orgasm in women.

  • The way women feel during orgasm, as well as the physiological changes that happen during orgasm, varies between women.

The female orgasm can appear elusive, especially to those women who have not had one. A number of factors can add to this.

How Women Can Benefit from Treatment for Low Sexual Desire

In our last post, we laid out the reasons why women may experience low sexual desire. In this post, we will dive into the different treatment options for a woman who’s experiencing low sexual desire. 


There is nowhere to “get” sexual desire, and no medical intervention will cause it to occur. Women’s sexual desire naturally arises when many aspects of a woman’s thoughts, emotions, biology, and relational functioning are working well. 

Why Can Women Have Low Sexual Desire?


Low sexual desire in women is the most common presenting complaint in our practice. Research indicates that between 10-28% of women experience low sexual desire for a period of 6 months or longer, and experience the following symptoms:

  • Lack of interest in sex

  • Reduced or absent erotic thoughts

  • Lack of initiating or responding to sexual activity

  • Reduced pleasure during sex

  • Reduced or absent desire during sex

  • Reduction in genital and non-genital sensations