What Is Anorgasmia?
Anorgasmia is the inability to reach orgasm and can also be known as delayed orgasm or anejaculation (in men.) Anorgasmia is defined as the persistent or recurrent difficulty, delay in, or absence of attaining orgasm after sufficient sexual stimulation, which causes personal distress. Anorgasmia may be experienced differently for different people, with many people still enjoying a varied and fulfilling sex life without orgasm. Deciding to seek sex therapy for anorgasmia may improve your ability to experience orgasm.
Anorgasmia in Women
One in four women may experience some kind of anorgasmia during her lifetime. Women experience 2 main types of anorgasmia: primary anorgasmia for women who have never had an orgasm; and secondary anorgasmia for women who have restricted ability to orgasm. Both types of anorgasmia may be treated by a sex therapist, with onward referral when necessary.
Anorgasmia may also be acquired for various reasons. Some medications may cause anorgasmia, as well as certain neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis. Before consulting a sex therapist, it may be important to see your health practitioner for any concerns related to anorgasmia.
Some reasons why women might experience primary anorgasmia include: inexperience; lack of sexual knowledge; and lack of skilled partners. Secondary anorgasmia may be due to reasons such as: external stressors; relationship difficulties or ageing. Women benefit a great deal from talking about their sexual concerns with a qualified sex therapist.
Treatment for Anorgasmia
Seeing a sex therapist for anorgasmia may result in a better understanding of your body, your sexual functioning and your physiological responses. Consulting a sex therapist for anorgasmia may include:
- Complete sexual history assessment
- Relationship history assessment
- Sexual education
- Couples therapy
- Sensate focus exercises
References: Bancroft, J. (2009). Human sexuality and its problems. Elsevier Health Sciences. Colson, M. H., & Cour, F. (2013).