Low Sex Drive: GlossaryThursday, April 19, 2012 - 10:19
Here are definitions of medical terms related to low sex drive in women:
Androgen: General term for any male sex hormone, such as testosterone.It is also found in small quantities in women
Antihypertensive Agents: Drugs used to treat acute or chronic hypertension
Antipsychotic Drugs: A group of medications used to treat severe mental disorders. Many have a tranquilizing effect.
Clitoris: A small mass of erectile tissue located at the front entrance to the vagina
Dyspareunia: Difficult or painful intercourse
Endometriosis: A condition in which uterine tissue growths occur in various areas throughout the pelvic cavity. Often causes pain and difficult intercourse.
Erectile Dysfunction: A man's consistent inability to achieve or maintain an erection during intercourse; commonly known as impotence
Estrogen: A female sex hormone. Estrogen is formed in the ovaries, and it is responsible for female secondary sex characteristics. Estrogen may be given as a medication to postmenopausal women to relieve discomforts of menopause.
Hormones: Chemicals produced by an organ or part of the body and carried in the bloodstream to another organ or body part to affect its function. Different hormones have difference effects on the body.
Hysterectomy: A surgical procedure to remove the uterus
Kegel: An exercise of the pelvic floor muscles used to strengthen the muscles which support the urethra, bladder, uterus, and rectum
Labia: Two pairs of lips located at the entrance to the vagina. The labia majora (outer) and labia minora (inner) together form part of the vulva
Libido: Sexual desire
Mastectomy: Removal of the breast tissue to eliminate a cancerous tumor
Menopause: The time when ovulation in women stops, and she no longer has menstrual periods. It typically occurs after the age of 50.
Orgasm: The culmination of sexual excitement consisting of a series of pleasurable contractions of the genital muscles
Ovary: One of two small oval bodies located on either side of the uterus. The ovaries are where eggs are developed and released during ovulation.
Spectatoring: A word to describe a situation in which a person is so concerned about monitoring their sexual experience that they are unable to enjoy it.
Testosterone: Male sex hormone responsible for the development of sperm and male secondary sex characteristics. Small quantities are also found in women.
Tubal ligation: A method of sterilization which closes off the fallopian tubes to prevent a fertilized egg from reaching the uterus
Vaginismus: A painful spasmodic contraction of the vagina which often makes intercourse impossible