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Problems with Arousal

Both women and men can experience sexual arousal issues. And while most people believe that only older adults deal with these problems, the truth is that you can experience them at almost any age. Whether women are experiencing vaginal dryness, men are having difficulties with erectile dysfunction or either person has noticed a decreased libido — there are ways to treat arousal problems and enjoy a healthy sex life once again. At the Henry Ford Women’s Sexual Health Clinic, our knowledgeable and compassionate team are here to help properly diagnose your sexual arousal conditions and find the right treatment plan to fit your needs.

What Causes Problems with Arousal?

Sexual dysfunction — or problems with arousal — can present in many forms. Most often, when people think about problems with arousal, they think of erectile dysfunction in men. But women also struggle with a number of issues surrounding sexual dysfunction. Some of the most common sexual health and sexual function issues that we treat at Henry Ford include:

Decreased Libido

  • Painful Sex
  • Low Sex Drive
  • Menopausal Symptoms
  • Postpartum Sexuality
  • Difficulty with Orgasms
  • Sexuality and Aging
  • Mismatched Sex Drives
  • How Can Surgery or Chronic Illness Affect Sexual Arousal?

Many people with cancer or other chronic illnesses can experience very specific and unique concerns regarding their sexual health and relationships. Our highly-skilled specialists are experienced in helping patients navigate these issues. We welcome spouses to participate in the treatment process and ask questions about what kind of sexual changes they may expect after an illness or surgery.

Life with Sexual Arousal Problems

All individuals and couples should be able to enjoy a healthy sex life. If you believe you are experiencing some form of sexual dysfunction, you should speak to your doctor about your concerns as soon as possible. In fact, early detection can be extremely helpful in the treatment process.

Some great ways to help correct your sexual arousal issues may include:

  • Speaking openly with your partner(s) about your sexual relationship
  • Seeking out an accurate diagnosis
  • Getting proper treatment for any underlying medical conditions
  • Managing your stress levels, anxiety and depression with the help of your doctor and/or therapist
  • Avoid overdoing it on alcohol, smoking or drug use
  • Getting creative with your sexual routine

While admitting that you are dealing with arousal problems can seem embarrassing at first, in reality, good communication should be the foundation of a healthy sex life. When you are better able to communicate with your partner, you can easily unlock closed doors in the bedroom. And speaking up about any sexual dysfunction issues with your doctor can help you to avoid many common sexual arousal problems.

When to Speak to a Doctor

Have you recently noticed some problems in the bedroom? Whether you’re personally experiencing arousal issues, or you think your partner may be suffering in silence, talking about your issues is the best way to overcome them.

At the Henry Ford Women’s Sexual Health Clinic in the Detroit area, our team of specialists can help with a wide variety of sexual health concerns. We provide compassionate care for patients in a safe, comfortable and confidential environment.

For a confidential appointment at the Henry Ford Health System Women’s Sexual Health Clinic located near Detroit, we offer two convenient ways to contact us:


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