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How women can boost orgasm

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While most women have problem experiencing orgasm, which has affected their sex life, new study has revealed effective and noninvasive treatment for this condition. Female sexual dysfunction, often characterised by inability to orgasm, which is the stimulation of the vaginal or clitoral, affects a large number of women,

Around 40 per cent of women experience sexual dysfunction, which is defined as “a problem that occurs during the sexual response cycle that prevents the individual from experiencing satisfaction from sexual activity”, with few treatments that have generally been ineffective.For instance, doctors may prescribe sildenafil (brand name Viagra), but this drug does not tend to improve women’s ability to orgasm.

Meanwhile, researchers from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor have stumbled upon a therapy that, surprisingly, seems to boost women’s sexual function.The researchers noticed that applying neuromodulation treatments, which involve light and targeted electrical stimulation, for bladder dysfunction seemed to also improve some of the women’s sexual function.

They conducted recent studies both in animals and humans. The investigators tested the therapy’s effectiveness in a rat model, where they stimulated nerves in both the genital and ankle regions of the rodents. After about 15 to 30 minutes, they saw that the rats experienced a significant increase in vaginal blood flow, suggesting increased sensitivity.

While in humans, the lead researcher, Tim Bruns and his team then worked with female volunteers with healthy bladders but who were trying to overcome sexual dysfunction.These volunteers all received 12 transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation therapy sessions, which lasted for half an hour each. During the sessions, the researchers placed electrodes either around the women’s genital areas or on their ankles.

After these sessions, eight out of the nine participants reported more intense arousal, better vaginal lubrication, or being able to achieve orgasm again.The study was published in the journal Neuromodulation.

“Across a variety of clinical studies, if you get a 50 percent improvement in symptoms, you can consider that a successful response,” notes Bruns, adding, “We had four participants meet or exceed that threshold.”

One of the participants, who is a 53-year-old woman claimed the therapy was effective against the difficulties she was experiencing in achieving orgasms, while describing the stimulation as “a bizarre, pressure vibration sensation.”

Despite the fact that the therapy felt unusual, she explains that it was not too difficult to adjust to.She said: “After a few minutes you get used to it. It worked for me. I am not 100 percent back to the way I was, but I can have orgasms again and they are pretty good ones.”

Even though the study’s results are very promising and the improvements seem to be greater than those granted by drugs, the researchers noted that it is important to replicate them in future studies to make sure that the positive effects are not due to the placebo effect.

The co-author of the study, Dr. Priyanka Gupta said: “ This study presents an alternative method for treating female sexual dysfunction that is nonpharmacologic and non invasive”, adding that “Through studies like this, we can further understand female sexual arousal and offer treatments for a disorder that has very few options.”

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