In the United States, 10% or more of women have never climaxed and about 15% of women have reported having difficulty having an orgasm. Less than 30% of women report that they “always” have orgasms with their partner.
If you have never had an orgasm, if you have had orgasms in the past but don’t anymore, or if you can only have an orgasm in specific situations, you may have a sexual dysfunction according to big (western) medical terminology.
Anorgasmia is the medical term for the inability to achieve orgasm, even when adequately stimulated. Anorgasmia, which is sometimes called Coughlan’s syndrome, is far more prevalent in women than in men.
Types of Anorgasmia
- Situational Anorgasmia – a person is able to achieve orgasm in certain situations, but not in others. For example, the person is able to achieve orgasm through masturbation but not through intercourse with another person.
- Primary Anorgasmia – a person has never had an orgasm, even when adequately stimulated.
- Secondary Anorgasmia – a person was able to orgasm in the past but is currently unable to climax.
Causes Of Anorgasmia
- The condition may be caused by physical or psychiatric issues.
- For both men and women who suffer from situational anorgasmia, it may be caused by the use of anti-depressants, especially SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors).
- Other causes include hormonal imbalances, multiple sclerosis, diabetic neuropathy, pelvic trauma, childbirth trauma, and psychiatric disorders.
Treatment for Anorgasmia
If you have never had an orgasm or if you have difficulty climaxing, talk to your doctor about it. Your doctor can help you rule out any physical causes of the dysfunction and may be able to suggest treatment options.