Anorgasmia: Inability to Achieve Orgasm
Anorgasmia, or the inability to achieve orgasm, is a sexual disorder that affects men and women alike. However, studies have shown that women are more likely to fall victim to this condition than men. It can be the source of sexual frustration and cause the individual to suffer from low libido. Furthermore, if or when sexual excitement is triggered, pelvic pain can result from lack of relief of tension. In other cases, anorgasmia can eventually bring on limited or complete absence of sexual arousal.
Because anorgasmia exists in varying degrees, it is classified according to its extent into primary, secondary or situational anorgasmia. Knowledge on what constitutes each category could be helpful.
The primary version describes cases in which orgasm has never been achieved. Sufferers of this incredibly rare condition are not necessarily sexually dysfunctional; they can experience low levels of sexual arousal without the peaks required for an orgasm to occur. More often than not, they can still derive some sexual pleasure from kissing, cuddling and caressing, as well as from the intimacy of the act of penetration. While underlying health problems may be the cause of primary anorgasmia, there is often no apparent physical or psychological reason explaining one’s inability to have an orgasm.
The term secondary anorgasmia refers to cases in which the ability to have an orgasm has been lost. The causes are many and varied in this department, ranging from physical traumas to psychological issues. Depression and grief are examples of psychological complications that lead to secondary anorgasmia. Certain medications and substance abuse may also be the root of this condition. Major health problems that impair a person’s blood flow, such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease, can reduce the individual’s capacity to feel sexually aroused. Pelvic trauma, surgery, and particular conditions such as diabetic neuropathy might have damaged the nerve endings of the pelvic area, causing inability to reach orgasm. Finally, hormonal imbalances often affect an individual’s libido, eventually resulting in anorgasmia.
The third variety is situational anorgasmia, whereby orgasm is possible in some situations but out of reach in others. For instance, it could be a psychological response to a particular stimulus, to intercourse with a certain partner, or to a type of foreplay. In most respects, it is frequently just a matter of sexual preference and rarely classified as a serious problem.
Psychological problems such as inhibitions or trauma are generally handled through psychosexual counseling, whereas depression disorders are better treated with relevant psychotherapy. Hypnosis has also been deemed helpful as a way of curing psychological anorgasmia.
Physical anorgasmia that originates in hormone imbalances can be corrected with hormonal patches or tablets prescribed by a medical doctor. Decreased blood flow to the pelvic area may also be remedied by medication. In some cases, a clitoral vacuum pump device can be used with good results. Nerve damage from pelvic trauma or surgery is not as easily fixed. However, research into ways of re-growing damaged nerves is currently underway, suggesting that a cure might be available in the future.