Female sexual disorders (FSDs) cover a broad range of physiological and physical symptoms that can cause sexual dysfunction. FSDs pertain to any chronic issue during sex that makes the experience impossible or unenjoyable for a woman.
While male sexual disorders such as erectile dysfunction (ED) and performance anxiety are well-documented and represented in the public eye, FSDs do not have the same scope of research or medical and public recognition. They also do not have similarly comprehensive treatment strategies. These marked gender discrepancies can create unnecessary difficulties for women dealing with FSDs.
The impact of medical gender bias
Research studies indicate that medical bias can affect three different aspects of an FSD patient's experience:
- Patient-provider relationship: Both doctors and patients hold stigmas around female sexuality that can