Female Orgasmic Disorder (FOD)

Definition of Female Orgasmic Disorder

Female Orgasmic Disorder is defined as the delay in or absence of attaining orgasm following sufficient sexual stimulation and arousal, which causes personal distress.
This is also sometimes called Pre-orgasmic, since it has found that all women are capable of clitoral orgasm.

Prevalence of Female Orgasmic Disorder


Orgasmic Disorder is a common sexual complaint among women of all ages.

Contributing Factors of Female Orgasmic Disorder

Female Orgasmic Disorder (FOD)Some of the contributing factors of Female Orgasmic Disorder are:

Physical Factors:

  • Damage to nervous system
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Genital changes after menopause

Some medications

Psychological Factors:

  • Past sexual traumas
  • Depression
  • Anger
  • Relationship Issues
  • Spectoring - where a woman is more an observer rather than a participant, which is related to performance anxiety

Consequences of Female Orgasmic Disorder

Common Feelings Women have who Experience Female Orgasmic Disorder:

  • Deficient
  • Deprived
  • Disappointed
  • Sad/depressed
  • Confused about what an orgasm may be

Treatment of Female Orgasmic Disorder

In spite of the significant success of PDE5 agents for male sexual dysfunction, there are no medical treatments thus far to treat Female Orgasmic Disorder

Sex Therapy/Counselling is therefore recommended for women suffering with Female Orgasmic Disorder.

Sexual Health Australia is a confidential counselling service, specialised in sexual health and relationship issues. We have experienced sex therapists and relationship counsellors who offer counselling and support for women with Female Orgasmic Disorder and their partners.

We offer individual and/or couple's counselling. Face to face counselling is offered in Sydney CBD and phone counselling is offered nationally. 

Sex therapy/counselling for Female Orgasmic Disorder may include some of the following:

  • Addressing Symbolic Issues
  • Creating a sense of ownership and affect of your body
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Anxiety reduction/Relaxation techniques
  • Behavioural assignments/Homework exercises

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