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Inhibited orgasm is a sexual disorder characterized by substantially delayed or absent orgasms during sexual contact. It can impact people of any gender, although it is more commonly experienced by women.
The term inhibited orgasm is rarely used today. Instead medical professionals tend to use the gendered terms female orgasmic disorder or male orgasmic disorder or the non-gendered term anorgasmia.
Inhibited orgasm may be a problem evident since someone commenced sexual activity or one that is triggered much later. It can also occur only in certain situations. For example, someone may be able to have orgasms while masturbating alone but not when they with their partner.
Several factors can cause inhibited orgasm, including trauma, the use of some medications, including drugs prescribed for anxiety and depression, psychological problems, and physical and mental health problems. Inhibited orgasm often goes hand-in-hand with other sexual problems, including declining libido and impotence.
Inhibited orgasm is a persistent problem. Simply being unable to orgasm every time you have sex does not mean you have inhibited orgasm.
Inhibited orgasm can be a serious problem in relationships because it can undermine intimacy. Counseling can help couples talk through the issue and learn new sexual and communication techniques which may solve the problem. Masturbation can also help people struggling with inhibited orgasm feel more comfortable with their bodies and learn to have orgasms. If inhibited orgasm is caused by an underlying problem, medical experts may be able to help by resolving health concerns or prescribing different medications.
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