Definition of Frigidity

Frigidity: Failure of a female to respond to sexual stimulus; aversion on the part of a woman to sexual intercourse; failure of a female to achieve an orgasm (anorgasmia) during sexual intercourse.

This disorder can stem from psychological or emotional problems such as stress, anxiety, depression, fatigue, worry, guilt, fear of painful intercourse and fear of pregnancy. It can also develop from the undesirability of a partner, the undesirability of the setting, and the use of alcohol or drugs.

"Frigid-" is derived from the Latin word "frigidus" (cold.) The suffix "-ity" is derived from the Latin "-itas" (condition, state).


Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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