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Women's sexual problems

Women's sexuality and her right to sexual pleasure were taboo subjects only a few decades ago. Today, however women seek out sexual pleasure and are more aware of their own needs for pleasure. This also means that women are more aware and open about their sexual problems, and over the last ten years, new areas of research and medical innovation have opened up to address them.

  • Sexual dysfunction

    Female sexual dysfunction: real or imaginary?

    For some years researchers and pharmaceutical companies have been extremely interested in female sexual dysfunction, ranging from loss of sexual desire and vaginismus to difficulties in reaching orgasm.
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  • Sexuality questions

    Women's sexuality questions

    “I don’t like giving oral sex; can I refuse my partner.” “I no longer feel any sexual desire. What should I do?” “Can I have clitoral and vaginal orgasms?” These are just some of the many questions you’ve asked us at Doctissimo. Our sexologist gives her answers.
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  • Painful sex in women

    Women and painful sex

    Sometimes the cause of painful sex is commonplace: if you don’t feel like having sex or you accept penetration without prior arousal and without moving and relaxing pelvic muscles or properly lubricating the vagina, penetration can be unpleasant or even painful.
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  • Vaginal dryness

    Vaginal dryness can be overcome

    More than one woman in six women says that she sometimes suffers from vaginal dryness. This problem can have psychological consequences and affect relationships, leading to a drop in libido. There are some simple solutions to help you overcome vaginal dryness.
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  • Permanent arousal

    Permanent arousal: a mind-blowing headache

    Permanently aroused, without necessarily having erotic thoughts, some women suffer from a rare syndrome that can at first seem quite amusing. For these women however, it is a living nightmare.
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  • Vaginismus

    Vaginismus

    Vaginismus is a spasm of the muscles around the entrance to the vagina, making sexual intercourse painful or impossible.
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  • All about sperm allergy

    All about sperm allergy

    Though extremely rare, sperm allergy can have a disastrous effect on your sex life. Sperm allergies are often confused with STIs because of their local symptoms. In severe cases, they can pose a serious risk to your health. Read on for the lowdown on sperm allergy.
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  • Sex and your period

    Sex and your period

    For a few days every month, your period can get in the way of your sex life ... or should it? Can you have sex during your period? And can it be a pleasurable experience? See what the Doctissimo users had to say when we asked them to share their experiences in our forum.
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