Female Sexual Dysfunction

  • Practice Bulletin PB
  • Number 213
  • July 2019

ABSTRACT: Female sexual dysfunction encompasses various conditions that are characterized by reported personal distress in one or more of the following areas: desire, arousal, orgasm, or pain 1. Although female sexual dysfunction is relatively prevalent, women are unlikely to discuss it with their health care providers unless asked 2, and many health care providers are uncomfortable asking for a variety of reasons, including a lack of adequate knowledge and training in diagnosis and management, inadequate clinical time to address the issue, and an underestimation of the prevalence 2. The purpose of this document is to provide an overview of female sexual dysfunction, to outline updated criteria for diagnosis, and to discuss currently recommended management strategies based on the best available evidence.

Log in to read more

This content is only available to members and subscribers.

Log In

Nonmembers: Subscribe now to access exclusive ACOG Clinical content, including:

ACOG Clinical is designed for easy and convenient access to the latest clinical guidance for patient care. Developed with members’, physicians’, and women’s health care professionals’ needs in mind, user-friendly features include:

  • Easy, advanced search function to find the most relevant guidance
  • Enhanced document presentation
  • Advanced features and functionality

You’ll find clinical content written and peer reviewed by experts and valuable information that spans guidance on the diagnosis and management of the full spectrum of obstetric and gynecological conditions and clinical management issues.

Note for Life Fellows: Annual membership dues are waived but there is a discounted annual subscription fee of $95 for access to publications such as the Green Journal, Practice Bulletins, and Committee Opinions. Individual subscriptions include print and online access. Subscribe today.