It's 2019. The fact that women enjoy sex shouldn’t be a newsflash or need to be a headline. However, even though women can enjoy sex as much as their male counterparts, there are some women who have difficulty with intercourse or reaching orgasm. That may surprise you, given there are countless ads for helping men with sexual dysfunctions.

Yet for many people, the function of the female anatomy and the understanding of climax remain in the realm of the unknown. And because of that, female sexual dysfunction doesn't get a lot of attention.

For men, it’s obvious when things are working or not working because there is visual feedback. The penis gets inflated with blood when aroused, remains erect during intercourse, and ends with a tangible product. Stimulation for women is a more complex entanglement of mental and hormonal stimulus in addition to the physical aspects. And even though the vagina is where the 'action' happens, women have many erogenous zones throughout the body and have very particular preferences for how each of those locations can best be stimulated.

If you wanted to look at it from a different viewpoint, the male sexual response is a lot like making macaroni and cheese. You open the box, add the noodles to boiling water, drain it, add the cheese and you are done. Barring conditions that prevent normal function, it's pretty hard to get that wrong. It's formulaic and consistent.

On the other hand, the female sexual response is similar to making a soufflé. The temperature has to be just right, the eggs need to be separated and each portion needs to be tended to in a specific way. And even when you combine all of the elements together perfectly, it can still come crashing down when you pull it out of the oven. It takes time, patience and attention to the responses that are being given and how the body reacts. This is because for women it's so much more than just physical. It's the closeness, the communication, the emotional interactions as well as the touching and the intercourse. And when combined correctly, the result can be incredible.

With all of that going on, It's no wonder why there are women who have never achieved orgasm, and often resort to faking it. I'm not saying the fault is with an unattentive lover (but it could be). There are many reasons why this delicate balance of internal and external stimulus can end without the Big 'O'.

Why do some women have problems with orgasm?

There are a number of reasons why women may not be able to achieve orgasm. One of the biggest reasons is reduced blood flow to the labia, clitoris and the vulva. These areas have tons of nerve endings which increase sensitivity and make sex more pleasurable. When there is less blood being delivered, the nerve endings feel dulled and become less excited.

Another reason is for some women, sex can be painful. This may be caused by reduced lubrication in the vagina, tears or scarring, yeast infection, etc. And let's face it, no matter how turned on you are, if intercourse is going to hurt, you are probably not going to enjoy the experience, and never reach climax.

What options are available?

Surprisingly very few! Given the plethora of treatment options available for men, it’s astonishing to see there are just a handful of therapies available for women who have some form of sexual dysfunction.

One option that is available to everyone is communication. We don't come with an instruction manual, so being able to give direction on what you like, what feels good, what hurts or should be avoided is going to be key. There are also exercises like Kegels, products for adding lubrication, etc. But these don't always get to the heart of the problem.

Recently, there has been a lot of press around vaginal rejuvenation which uses a laser to tighten the vagina with the thought that more friction means more pleasure. That may be a good solution for some women, but if you are experiencing pain and dryness, that's only going to make it worse. 

The solution being offered at Lindgren Functional Medicine is a painless and non-invasive 30-minute procedure called the O-Shot® which uses Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) that comes from your own body.

It starts with some topical numbing cream which you apply to your entire vaginal area. Then a small blood draw is done that gets run through a centrifuge to separate the plasma from the red blood cells. This specialized plasma contains stem cells, and we inject those into areas of the vagina. And then you are done and able to go back to your daily activities. No restrictions, no pain, and no side effects. And even though the procedure can be done during your lunch break, the positive effects can last for a couple of years. Within a few days to a couple of weeks, you will start to notice more sensation, increased natural lubrication and more intenseor even multipleorgasms.

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) is another approach we offer that addresses some of the hormonal causes for sexual dysfunction. And when combined with O-Shot therapy, BHRT provides increased libido and desire, along with feeling sexier. 

That’s the spot!

Lindgren Functional Medicine is pioneering a sexual health revolution for women. With O-Shot therapy we can increase the blood flow to your vagina, increasing sensitivity, natural lubrication, and giving you the ability to experience orgasms like never before!

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