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It’s not easy talking about your sexual concerns, and it’s also not easy living with them. So, it’s time to take action. All it takes is three simple steps:

    1. Make an appointment. FSD can be upsetting. If you’re tired of worrying about it, don’t wait for your next physical; make an appointment with a healthcare provider.
    2. Think ahead. Whether you’re talking to your OB/GYN, primary care physician, nurse practitioner, or therapist, there are going to be some questions for you. So give some thought to the following before your appointment: What’s bothering you? How long has this been an issue? Have you ever experienced this before?
    3. Fire away. All you need are a few questions to get the conversation going. Choose a few below that you feel apply to your situation and then start taking control of your sexual health.
  • Why is sex becoming so painful now?
  • Is a low libido normal for my age?
  • Why don’t I have interest in sex anymore?
  • Will my level of desire return to what it was?
  • Are there lifestyle changes I can make?
  • What books or reading materials would you recommend?
  • Why is it so hard to have an orgasm?
  • I’ve never had an orgasm; does it mean I never will?

Dr. Pepper SchwartzListen to ASHA’s three-part conversation with sociologist and sexual health expert Dr. Pepper Schwartz on female sexual difficulties. She discusses the range of female sexual difficulties, the impact of sexual difficulties on a relationship, and offers practical advice and resources for women (and their partners). You can listen on ASHA’s website or via iTunes.

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