[Treatment of female sexual disorders]

Union Med Can. 1976 Dec;105(12):1852-7.
[Article in French]


PIP: The recent developments in the treatment of female sexual dysfunctions are reported. 4 types of sexual dysfunction are distinguished: general sexual dysfunction or frigidity; orgasmic dysfunction; vaginismus; dyspareunia and sexual anaesthesia. Treatments are suggested for each of these types of sexual dysfunction; Masters and Johnsons's and Kaplan's therapies are evaluated. The same basic principles apply for male and female sexual problems. However in the case of women, one must add to the basic technics the apprenticeship of masturbation with the help of an electric vibrator when necessary. It is suggested that an efficient therapy for female sexual problems should include the 6 following principles: evaluation of the problem, physical examination, sexual education, participation of the husband to the therapy, application of therapeutic techniques; finally there should be ideally 2 therapists: a man and a woman. The case of a woman who had been married for 6 years and had never had a complete sexual intercourse is reported as an illustration of the efficiency of this method. The authors believe that physicians should learn at least to evaluate sexual disfunctions and be aware of the available therapies. Sexual education programs should also be developed.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Methods
  • Psychophysiologic Disorders / therapy*
  • Sexual Dysfunction, Physiological / therapy*