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Causes of orgasm problems in women can be physical or psychological and include:
Orgasm problems can be:
Some women don't need an orgasm to enjoy sex. However, for other women and their partners, being unable to have an orgasm can be a problem.
According to the Sexual Advice Association, sexual problems, including orgasm issues, affect around 50% of women and become more common as women get older.
If you're unable to have an orgasm, go to a genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinic or see your doctor. They can check for any physical reasons that may be causing the problem.
If the cause is psychological, it may help to see a sex therapist or doctor. Your doctor can refer you, or you can see one privately. Look for a therapist who is a member of the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT) or a doctor from the Institute of Psychosexual Medicine.
There's more information about orgasms and other sexual problems on our page on female sexual problems.
Important: Our website provides useful information but is not a substitute for medical advice. You should always seek the advice of your doctor when making decisions about your health.