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
Have you ever experienced any unwanted touching or
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
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
make it better or worse?
How much of a concern is this for you and
Do you have any idea what may have caused your sexual
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerKirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology