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Female Sexual Arousal Disorder

1h 35m

Francesca Tripodi

Psychotherapist & Sexologist
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Content and Aim: This lecture gives a good understanding of low sexual arousal in women. It starts with a description of what changes occur with arousal and the data that are relevant to subjective sexual arousal vs genital sexual arousal. The speaker provides a clear description of the various definitions and explains important aspects of these. The speaker also talks about the clinical presentation of sexual arousal disorder and shed light on the variations with which sexual arousal is experienced by women. After a presentation of the medical and psycho-social factors that may hinder sexual arousal, the speaker gives a thorough step by step description of the assessment and the questions that will guide the diagnosis and the treatment. Treatments are also described, with clinical tips on the use of sex toys and lubricants, hormonal and non-hormonal treatments, as well as sex therapy. Two cases are also used to illustrate the assessment and treatment approach that the speaker would use.
Learning Objectives:

  1. Know the key aspects of the definition for sexual arousal disorder in women
  2. Be familiar with the clinical presentation of sexual arousal disorder in women
  3. Know the prevalence and association with age
  4. Know the most strongly associated organic and psychogenic, sexual and couple related factors that explain hypoactive sexual desire disorder
  5. Be familiar with the therapeutic options: medical and psychological

Produced in 2020

Francesca Tripodi

Francesca Tripodi

Psychotherapist & Sexologist
Lecturer and Supervisor

Francesca Tripodi, PsyD, is a systemic psychotherapist, sexologist, and clinical supervisor working at the Institute of Clinical Sexology in Rome. She attended the Oxford School of Sexual Medicine and is an EFS-ESSM Certified Psychosexologist (ECPS).

With more than 25 years of clinical experience, she covers a wide range of sexual issues, focusing primarily on sexual dysfunction and couple therapy. She is an active Italian Federation of Scientific Sexology (FISS) member. Lecturer at the Training School of Clinical Sexology in Rome and the FISS symposia.
Since 2013, she has been co-director of and lecturer at the ESSM School of Sexual Medicine. Current member of the ESSM Educational and Scientific Committees, the EFS/ESSM Exam Committee, and the European Accreditation of Psycho-sexology (EPSA). From 2014 to 2022, member of the EFS Executive and Educational Committees. Lecturer at the ABC course and the Exam pre-course, held during the ESSM congresses. Lecturer at several ESSM and EFS symposia held during congresses or professional training courses.
In 2019 co-founder and current executive board director of International Online Sexology Supervisors (IOSS), an educational initiative that aims to cover gaps within the field of life-long learning in Clinical Sexology for professionals worldwide.
Author of more than 100 national and international publications in the field, she also contributed and is co-editor of the EFS-ESSM Syllabus of Clinical Sexology (2014), the ESSM Manual of Sexual Medicine (2015), and the Textbook of Rare Sexual Medicine Conditions (2022).  
Over the last 25 years, she participated in lectures, oral communications, or posters of the most important conferences and international meetings organized by the main scientific societies of sexology (EFS, WAS, ESSM, ISSM). She has participated in many research projects as a scientific collaborator or coordinator. 


English, Italian

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