Orgasmic disorders in women


Orgasmic disorders in women
in: Porst H. Buvat J. (Eds), ISSM (International Society of Sexual Medicine) Standard Committee Book, Standard practice in Sexual Medicine, Blackwell, Oxford, UK, 2006, p. 334-341
Anorgasmia is a common problem that is reported to affect an estimated 24-37 percent of women. In a review of 34 studies, the rates of anorgasmia, orgasmic difficulty or orgasmic disorders ranged from below 20 percent to as high as 50 percent. Findings from the National Social and Health Life Survey of 1,749 U.S. women, suggest that orgasmic problems are the second most frequently reported sexual problem in women.
Anorgasmia can be divided into primary orgasmic disorder, in which a woman has never experienced orgasm through any means of stimulation, and secondary orgasmic disorder, in which a woman is anorgasmic after having been orgasmic. Secondary anorgasmia can be classified as situational (e.g., when a woman can experience orgasm via masturbation but not with a partner) or generalized.

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