According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, 43 percent of American women suffer from some form of female sexual dysfunction. Yet female sexual problems don't seem to rank highly on the list of medical concerns in our country. Hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD), perhaps the most commonly reported female-specific sexual dysfunction, returns only 65,000 hits on Google, compared to more than 5 million for erectile dysfunction. There is a clear and dangerous disconnect between the reality of the many women suffering from sexual dysfunctions and the fantasy that everything is fine and dandy. This reality is represented by a severe lack of conversation and common knowledge on the subject.
Chris Veasley and her family
Chris (pictured to the right with her family) was gracious enough to share her personal story in dealing with sexual dysfunctions. Chris, who now works for the National Vulvodynia Association, suffered extreme pain from vulvodynia that she describes as "a feeling like acid was being poured on my skin" for years before finding a cure. Vulvodynia is, by definition, a pain disorder, but it is similar to many female sexual dysfunctions, such as HSDD or persistent genital arousal disorder, in that all of these conditions typically affect a woman's sexuality negatively and can lead to a dysfunctional sexual relationship.