Orgasmic Disorder

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Orgasmic dysfunction is the inability for an individual to reach orgasm during sexual stimulation. This disturbance must cause marked distress or interpersonal difficulty. This dysfunction is not better accounted for by another psychological condition, the direct physiological effects of a substance or another general medical condition. A person may be diagnosed with Female Orgasmic Disorder or Male Orgasmic Disorder, though it is less common for men. The condition is referred to as primary when the female has never experienced orgasm through any means of stimulation. It is called secondary if the woman has attained orgasm in the past but is currently non-orgasmic.

For men, the disorder might present itself as an inability to reach orgasm during sexual intercourse or as ejaculation only after prolonged intense non-intercourse stimulation.


Orgasmic Disorder. Last reviewed 12/31/1969
  • American Psychiatric Association
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Library of Medicine