Female Sexual Arousal Disorder

Female sexual arousal disorder (FSAD) is an inability to either obtain or maintain an ad­equate lubrication response of sexual excitement. Prevalence rates for FSAD increase with age and show that lubrication insufficiency is common after the age of 50 (R. W. Lewis et al., 2004). Some women who experience FSAD also experience problems re­lated to desire or orgasmic disorders (Heiman, 2002). Physiological factors in FSAD in­clude decreased blood flow and lubrication in the vulva; psychological factors include fear, guilt, anxiety, and depression. Women who experience female sexual arousal disor­der have been found to have a lower sensitivity to touch compared to women without FSAD (Frohlich & Meston, 2005). Further research is needed to determine how this sensitivity might play a role in the development or maintenance of FSAD.

A new category of female sexual arousal has been proposed, in which a woman ex – I persistent sexual arousal syndrome periences persistent sexual arousal (referred to as persistent sexual arousal syndrome).

An excessive and mrerntting fevd of sexuai The opposite of FSAD, a woman’s complaint is usually an excessive and unremitting

. arousal (Leiblum & Nathan, 2002). More research is needed to shed more light on this

disorder.