An article cited by EmpowHer reader entitled, "Almost Half of Women Have Sexual Problems" (Amanda Gardner of HealthDay News for The Washington Post on October 31, 2008) grimly described a near-pandemic of what is being called female orgasmic dysfunction.
In it, Gardner reports a scary 40 percent of women aged 20 to 65 with problems of sexual release, with a mere 12 percent distressed about it. To put it bluntly, this amounts to roughly 33.2 million women in America who deem themselves incapable of orgasming, only 10 million of which actually care about it.
Traced back to its origins, the appearance of the disorder in women directly corresponds to the nature of the female orgasm itself, which although complex, is not as physiologically complicated, difficult or impossible to achieve as some would have you believe. Yet, the fact that the female anatomy is somewhat more labyrinthine than a man's obvious shaft with its single, straight path to orgasm is apparently the source of real aggravation for many women who have long gone without it.
Still, it would seem that some 30 percent of women for which complete orgasm is a complete mystery are perfectly content to exist, mapless, lost in a foggy no man's land of sexual discontent. This is a heartbreaking idea. Hundreds of thousands of women have simply allowed themselves to prematurely accept defeat, having lost all hope of ever experiencing the vital richness of a sexually satisfying life, whether it be in relationship with a man, woman or simply with herself.
As a result of this surge, some women seek out or await hormonal fixes, such as testosterone or the as-yet undeveloped female Viagra with its hoped-for effect of artificially elevating desire. These desperate searches for quick, medical fixes very often resemble gold rushes, for both patients and pharmaceutical companies.
While testosterone likely has the promoted behavioral effect of "masculinizing" the female libido, it's dangerously limited not to consider that other factors are at work within the endocrine system.