Impact of hormones on female sexual function and dysfunction

Katherine Shaio Sandhu, Arnold Melman, Magdy S. Mikhail

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The female sexual response cycle is a complex system composed of physiologic changes, psychological, and cultural factors. Female sexual dysfunction (FSD) encompasses a variety of sexual problems, including low desire or interest, diminished arousal, difficulties with orgasm, and dyspareunia. Research in female sexual function and dysfunction has lagged significantly behind males despite our current knowledge that FSD can occur in as many of 80% of the female population. Basic science research exists but also identifies serious gaps in our fundamental knowledge of this area. The purpose of this article was to review our current understanding of the effects of hormones on normal physiologic sexual responses in women, female sexual function and dysfunction, and the available treatment options for the various components of FSD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8-16
Number of pages9
JournalFemale Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Urology


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