Early symptoms of anorgasmia


The early symptoms of anorgasmia, or rather symptom is a difficulty to reach orgasm in spite of sufficient sexual stimulation. However, defining this condition as ‘not being able to have an orgasm’ would be oversimplifying it. As a matter of fact, there different types of anorgasmia, and the symptom manifests itself differently depending on the type.

Types of anorgasmia


  • Lifelong

The person has never experienced an orgasm.

  • Acquired

The person used to be able to reach orgasm but currently experiences difficulty orgasming.

  • Situational

The person is only able to orgasm under certain conditions (e.g., oral sex) or with a certain sexual partner.

  • Generalized

The person is unable to reach climax under any circumstances or with any partner


Anorgasmia is more common in women; in fact, most women can’t consistently experience orgasms through vaginal penetration alone. Most men may have noticed – unless they are blissfully ignorant – that causing a woman to have an orgasm is not always easy. By the same token, the causes of anorgasmia can also be complex and involve psychological and emotional aspects as much as it does physical factors.

Causes of anorgasmia








Medical conditions

Diabetes, neurological conditions like multiple sclerosis, and other conditions that can affect the sexual response cycle.


Gynecologic problems

Hysterectomy or cancer surgery can affect orgasm. Anorgasmia can also be related to issues like uncomfortable or painful coitus.



Blood pressure medications, antihistamines and antidepressants (especially selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors).


It provokes the desire but takes away the performance, as the Bard wrote.


Can restrict blood flow.



Anatomical, hormonal, neurological, and circulatory changes associated with the aging process can have an impact on sexuality.






  • Anxiety, depression, and other mental problems.
  • Poor body image.
  • Stress.
  • Culture.
  • Religion.
  • Fear of becoming pregnant or contracting an STD.
  • Embarrassment.
  • Guilt.
  • Previous sexual or emotional abuse.


Relationship issues

  • Lack of connection.
  • Fighting.
  • Lack of communication.
  • Unfaithfulness.
  • Domestic violence.


A physical exam may help determine if the early symptoms of anorgasmia are caused by a physical condition. In that case, treatment may consist of:

  • Treating the underlying condition.
  • Estrogen therapy for post-menopausal women.
  • Testosterone therapy.

Though the latter is most commonly associated with men, the fact is that small amounts of testosterone may increase arousal. However, this treatment alternative is not FDA-approved for female sexual dysfunction.

Additionally, lifestyle changes and therapy may play a major role in the treatment of this condition. Things the patient can try include:

  • Getting to know their bodies. Women should take the time to explore and understand their own bodies in order to learn how they like to be touched to improve sexual response.
  • Increasing stimulation. Unbeknownst to many women, direct or indirect clitoral stimulation can induce orgasm. Switching sexual positions, using a vibrator, and fantasizing during intercourse are all means to increase both physical and mental stimulation.
  • Couples counseling.
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy.
  • Sex therapy.

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