Topic Overview

Women often begin the process of diagnosing
sexual dysfunction by noticing an absence of sexual
desire or satisfaction. Your health professional will work with you to identify
your symptoms and the history of those symptoms. The answers to the following
questions may be helpful to you and your health professional in finding out the
cause of your sexual problem and designing a treatment plan.

  • Are you currently sexually active?
  • If so, are you sexually active with men, women, or
  • Are you or your partner experiencing sexual
  • Have you noticed a change in your sexual
  • Are you satisfied with the quality and frequency of
    sexual activity?
  • Have you ever experienced any unwanted touching or
    sexual activity?
  • What are your expectations and goals for

Other questions that may be helpful in your diagnosis include the

  • Are you having difficulty initiating sexual
  • Are you having difficulty becoming aroused when you want
    to be sexual?
  • Do you experience as much arousal as you expect or
    would like?
  • Do you experience dryness in your vagina during
  • Do you have pain during intercourse?

If answering these questions leads you to identify a sexual problem,
the following questions may provide helpful additional information.

  • Is this a new problem, or has it always been
  • Have you had this problem with all of your
  • Does anything
    make it better or worse?
  • How much of a concern is this for you and
    your partner?
  • Do you have any idea what may have caused your sexual
  • Have you received any treatment for this problem?

Related Information


ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Sarah Marshall, MD – Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Martin J. Gabica, MD – Family Medicine

Current as ofOctober 6, 2017