Orgastic Dysfunction

Authored by: Helen Singer Kaplan

The New Sex Therapy

Print publication date:  December  1974
Online publication date:  October  2013

Print ISBN: 9780876300831
eBook ISBN: 9780203727317
Adobe ISBN: 9781135821364

10.4324/9780203727317.ch19

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Abstract

Orgastic Difficulties are probably the most prevalent sexual complaints of women, and yet this is the most confused and muddled topic in the field of sexual therapy. While I too have no final answers, I have arrived at an empirical position which appears consistent with the currently available facts. I conceive of female orgastic dysfunction as a discrete syndrome, to be distinguished from frigidity. There are not sufficient data available at this time to resolve the important question of whether the woman who does not reach orgasm on coitus but is otherwise responsive should be considered “sick” at all. My own feeling on this matter, which, admittedly, is based only on clinical observation, is that this pattern may represent a normal variant of female sexuality, at least for some women.

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