Glossary

Antidepressant - (an-ti-de-pres-sant)
Drug used to relieve or prevent depression Antipsychotic - (an-tee-sai-cho-tik)
Drug used to treat psychosis - a disorder of the mind characterized by loss of contact with reality Libido - (li-bi-do)
A term for sexual urge or desire Menopause - (men-o-pause)
The time in a woman's life when the menstrual cycle ends. The woman stops menstruating after this. Narcotic - (nar-cot-ic)
A drug that produces numbness or dulls the senses and induces profound sleep; often taken for pleasure or to reduce pain. It can lead to addiction. Orgasm - (or-ga-zem)
A highly pleasurable sensation experienced in the brain; intense pleasure felt at the height of sexual arousal; usually accompanied by the ejaculation of semen in the male and by vaginal contractions in the female Sedative - (sed-a-tive)
A substance that tends to calm down or moderate the nervousness or excitement Testosterone - (tes-tos-ter-on)
Male sexual hormone produced chiefly by the testes; responsible for the development of male secondary sexual characteristics Tranquilizer - (tran-quil-liz-er)
A drug used to reduce stress or anxiety (tension) Vaginismus - (vag-i-nis-mus)
An involuntary muscular spasm that causes the vagina to close; usually an anxiety reaction before coitus or pelvic examination Vulvodynia - (vul-vo-die-nia)
Burning, stinging, sharp pain in vagina and vulva; usually the cause remains unexplained. The condition may be persistent or intermittent.
Female Sexual Dysfunction