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Depression and anorgasmia 

An orgasm is the feeling of intense physical pleasure along with the rhythmic contractions of the pelvic floor muscles. The way an orgasm feels can vary from woman to woman, and even from orgasm to orgasm. On the other hand, anorgasmia is the medical term used for difficulty reaching an orgasm even after sufficient stimulation. Anorgasmia can become a hurdle in a relationship and cause mental distress.

There are different types of orgasmic disorders:

Lifelong: never experienced an orgasm

Acquired: difficulty in reaching an orgasm now, even if there was previous experience of orgasm.

Situational: anorgasmia due to certain situations, partners or stimulations.

Severe, moderate or mild: level of distress that results from anorgasmia, for which professional help from sexologist in Lahore is always available.

Anorgasmia and Depression

One of the classic symptoms of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), is loss of libido, and anorgasmia. Studies show that MDD is associated with diminished erectile function, as well as delayed ejaculation and anorgasmia. In MDD there is loss of interest, lowered self-esteem, as well as inability to experience pleasure. This irritability and social withdrawal can impair the ability of the patient to form and maintain intimate relationships.

Depression has long been associated with sexual problems. Conversely, people who present with sexual impairment are found to be significantly depressed upon further questioning; while in others, low libido and anorgasmia precede the onset of depression. Studies show that sexual dysfunction is more prevalent in people with depression, than those who don’t have depression.

Prospective Zurich cohort study showed that in depressed patients, the prevalence of sexual dysfunction needing medical attention were almost twice those in control subjects.

For sexual release, stress and anxiety are major impediments to the relaxation needed for orgasm. The psychological factors that play a role in orgasming include: poor body images, stress and financial pressure, embarrassment, history of sexual abuse, cultural believes and guilt about enjoying sex.

What are some other causes of anorgasmia?

Apart from depression and anxiety there are other causes of anorgasmia. These include:

Diseases: serious illnesses like Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis can hamper orgasm in certain individuals.

Gynecological issues: cancer surgeries, hysterectomies, or other gynecological issues can make intercourse uncomfortable and even painful, hampering the ability to climax.

Alcohol and smoking: smoking is associated with decreased blood flow to the sexual organs, and consequently can make it difficult to achieve arousal and sexual climax.

Aging: a normal part of aging is a decrease in libido, low sexual arousal and delayed orgasm. These fluctuations are due to normal variations in hormones, neurological factors, and even anatomical changes that can make sex bumpy.

Medication: a bunch of medications can interfere with the sexual health of the patient. These include many prescriptions and over-the-counter medication. Blood pressure medication, antipsychotics, antidepressants, even antihistamines have a side effect of impacting sexual health and delaying orgasm.

Relationship issues: even if nothing physically wrong with someone, relationship issues with their partners can hinder sexual completion. Unresolved conflicts, infidelity and even lack of connection can be troublesome when it comes to sexual health.

If you are unsure what is impacting your performance and your ability to orgasm, top sexologist in Lahore can prove helpful.