Human sexuality encompasses more than the act of sexual intercourse and the associated physical contact. It satisfies essential physical and emotional needs in both men and women. A person’s individual sexuality is influenced by many factors, including personal health and wellness, feelings of self worth, previous sexual encounters, and relationship dynamics. Women vary greatly when it comes to interest level in sex and their response to sexual stimuli. This variance in sexual responsiveness and interest affects women’s satisfaction level with their sexual experiences. Things like age, lifestyle, culture, hormone levels, health, and personal situation all contribute to a woman’s overall sexual experience throughout her life.
When something goes wrong
“Sexual issues are extremely common in women. At least 16 percent of women report a knife-like pain during intercourse. Add to that, women who cannot reach orgasm and those with low libido and the number rises to at least 25 percent. The actual number is probably higher than this because women often don’t report their sexual problems due to embarrassment,” states urogynecologist Dr. Lara J. Burrows, MSc, a leading national expert in the diagnosis and treatment of female sexual problems and affiliated with Summa Health System in Akron.
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