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Women's Sexual Dysfunction Specialist

Joseph D Parkhurst, MD -  - Urologist

Urologist OKC

Joseph D Parkhurst, MD

Urologist located in Bethany, OK

While it seems like the media is overflowing with solutions for sexual dysfunction in men, many women struggle to achieve a healthy and fulfilling sex life. Board-certified urologist and sexual health expert Joseph D. Parkhurst, MD, FACS, treats women’s sexual dysfunction at his practice in Bethany, Edmond, Oklahoma City, Yukon, Moore, El Reno, Warr Acres, and Nichols Hills, Oklahoma. For a personalized sexual health program specifically designed to meet a woman’s needs, call, or book online for an appointment at Urologist OKC today.

Women's Sexual Dysfunction Q & A

What is female sexual dysfunction?

Do you feel like you’re never in the mood despite wanting a good love life? Do issues like painful intercourse or vaginal dryness prevent you from enjoying sex? If so, you may suffer from sexual dysfunction. 

Common symptoms of female sexual dysfunction include:

  • Pain during sex
  • Low sex drive (libido)
  • Physical issues, such as vaginal dryness
  • Sexual problems that result from cancer treatment
  • Inability to become aroused or maintain arousal
  • Difficulty reaching orgasm despite arousal and stimulation

Many women experience some degree of sexual dysfunction on occasion, while others have trouble throughout their lives. 

What causes sexual dysfunction in women?

A wide variety of factors can contribute to sexual dysfunction in women, including:

Physical causes

Many medical conditions can lead to sexual dysfunction, including cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Certain medical treatments, such as chemotherapy and blood pressure medications, can also cause sexual problems. 

Hormonal causes

Low levels of estrogen can reduce blood flow to your vagina. This may lead to decreased sensation in your genitals as well as pain during sex. Your desire to have sex also decreases when hormone levels drop. 

Psychological and social causes

Anxiety, depression, and relationship problems can all affect your sexual desire and ability to enjoy sex. 

How is women’s sexual dysfunction diagnosed and treated?

Dr. Parkhurst has specialized training in sexual dysfunction treatment for both women and men. To better understand the cause(s) of your sexual dysfunction, he spends time discussing your specific concerns and medical history. He performs a physical exam and takes blood tests to check for underlying health conditions and hormone imbalances.

Then, Dr. Parkhurst develops an individualized treatment plan to help you improve your sex life. Depending on your particular needs, treatment for women’s sexual dysfunction may include:

  • Lifestyle changes like increasing exercise or avoiding alcohol
  • Individual or couple’s talk therapy to address psychological factors
  • Hormone replacement therapy to increase estrogen levels

If your symptoms are related to vaginal atrophy, Dr. Parkhurst may recommend MonaLisa Touch® laser treatments. 

For advanced treatment of women’s sexual dysfunction, call Joseph D. Parkhurst, MD, FACS, or book an appointment online today.