Sexual dysfunction refers to a problem during any phase of the sexual response cycle that prevents the individual or couple from experiencing satisfaction from the sexual activity. The sexual response cycle has four phases: excitement, plateau, orgasm and resolution.
The ideal approach to treating female sexual dysfunction involves a team effort between the woman, doctors, and trained therapists. MOther treatment strategies focus on the following: Providing education, Enhancing stimulation, Providing distraction techniques, Encouraging non-coital behaviors, Minimizing pain.
An important population-based study, a substudy of the National Health and Social Life Survey, was conducted in 1992. It provides a probability sample among 1749 women and 1410 men living in the USA, aged 18 -59 years, and is based on face-to-face interviews conducted by trained interviewers. The population is similar to the US Census Bureau Current Population Survey, representative for age, education level and marital status.