Anorgasmia in women

McCabe, Marita P. 2009, Anorgasmia in women, Journal of family psychotherapy, vol. 20, no. 2-3, pp. 177-197.

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Title Anorgasmia in women
Author(s) McCabe, Marita P.
Journal name Journal of family psychotherapy
Volume number 20
Issue number 2-3
Start page 177
End page 197
Total pages 21
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2009-04
ISSN 0897-5353
1540-4080
Keyword(s) anorgasmia
orgasm disorders
effective treatments
Summary This article reports on the etiology and treatment of anorgasmia. Etiological factors include childhood and adolescent experiences, current individual attitudes, and lifestyle factors, as well as the quality and dynamics of past and present committed relationships. It is important to assess the nature of each of the previously mentioned factors in determining the nature of the orgasmic dysfunction as well as assisting in the development of a treatment plan. Treatment approaches for anorgasmia need to address individual factors (e.g., performance anxiety, poor body image) as well as interpersonal problems. A systemic treatment framework would appear to be the most useful approach to treat this sexual dysfunction, as this type of strategy identifies and treats the difficulties experienced by the anorgasmic woman within the total context of her life. Of course, this approach necessitates the involvement of the partner in therapy, and treatment is unlikely to be effective unless the problems experienced by both the woman and her partner are addressed. Limitations of past research in terms of inadequate evaluation of treatment, low sample sizes, and poorly defined interventions are discussed. Finally, directions for future research to advance our understanding of the most effective treatments for anorgasmia are considered.
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2009
Copyright notice ©2009, Taylor & Francis Group
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30019499

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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