Female orgasmic disorder is characterized by a delay, infrequency, diminished intensity, or lack of orgasm during all or most occasions of sexual activity. The diagnostic criteria specified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, state that symptoms must persist for a minimum of 6 months and result in clinically significant distress. At least transient difficulties reaching orgasm are relatively common in women, whereas more chronic and distressing problems with orgasm affect nearly 1 in 20 women.

Female orgasmic disorder may be classified as lifelong or acquired and generalized (present in all circumstances) or situational (present in some circumstances). The literature sometimes refers to lifelong, generalized female orgasmic disorder as primary anorgasmia, whereas secondary female orgasmic disorder is situational and/or acquired. A commonly ...

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