We hear by orgasmic disorder or orgasm dysfunction the troubles which someone faces to reach orgasm even though sexual intercourse exists.

Through this article, we focus on the causes, symptoms of the orgasmic disorder and the manner to deal with it.

Definition of Orgasmic Disorder:

Orgasmic disorder is medically defined as the difficulties of reaching orgasm when simulation and sexual intercourse are existing.  As we know, orgasm is the most intense feeling of pleasure when the involuntary pelvic floor contractions happen during sexual arousal. Doctors call it also anorgasmia.

We distinguish different types of orgasm disorder such as:

  • Primary orgasm disorder: it is when the individual has never reached orgasm.
  • Secondary orgasm disorder: it is when the individual had an orgasm before but faces difficulties to experience one.
  • General orgasm disorder: it is when the individual can’t have an orgasm in any way even though the sexual arousal is fine.
  • Conditional orgasm disorder: it is when the individual can’t have an orgasm when certain conditions occur. We talk about the most common type of orgasm dysfunction.

Orgasmic disorder is not limited only to women, it can also affect men. It is more common in women and according to research, it affects between 11 and 41 percent of females.

In 2018, researches announced that 18.4 percent of females can reach orgasm during intercourse. On the other hand, 36.6 percent of females need clitoral stimulation in order to attain orgasm over intercourse.

When it is related to men, doctors classify orgasmic disorder and delayed ejaculation together.


Symptoms and signs can be categorized as below:

One or both of the following signs are present and experienced during sexual intercourse:

  • Remarkably reduced warmth of orgasmic feelings.
  • Remarkably delay in orgasm.

The symptoms did not disappear after six months. When an individual has an orgasmic disorder, the climax takes a long time to attain, or even unreachable.  The symptoms make the person significantly distressed.


Doctors and researches have not totally identified the cause of the orgasmic disorder, but the following causes can lead to the true problem:

  • The difficult medical situation, diabetes for example.
  • Relationship problems.
  • Medications such as antidepressants.
  • Antecedent sexual abuse.
  • A lot of stress.
  • Depression and anxiety.
  • Insufficient self-esteem.
  • Religious or cultural traditions about sexuality.

We mention also that anxiety and stress during sex and intercourse increase the orgasmic disorder. Aged women, 45 years old and over, may face orgasmic dysfunction and this is mainly due to menopause.


In order to correctly treat the orgasmic disorder, the root causes such as taken medications, medical situations, bad mood, need to be treated. Many situations need just to adjust the medication that the individual takes. In a way or another, some medications cause sexual issues.

When visiting a doctor, you may be recommended to visit a sex therapist. Actually, a confirmed sex therapist has the capacity to solve issues such us orgasmic disorder by offering effective psychotherapy.

Meanwhile, couples counseling deals with a couple’s problems that affect a person’s sexual life and the orgasmic sensation. All you need to do in this case is to enhance communication with your partner, proper stimulation and also playfulness.

When clitoral stimulation takes part during sexual intercourse, it can be all that you need to reach orgasm. Masturbate when your partner is not there, has good results. Masturbation produces a few benefits for everyone!

Researches in sex therapy prove that such instructions and interventions helped more than 80 percent of cases.