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In an early study, Morokoff and Heiman (1980) found no significant differences in VPA between women diagnosed with sexual arousal disorder and a control group of women. In a study of premenopausal women with sexual arousal problems, following suggested definitions of Basson et al. (2003), women were classified into three subtypes: genital, subjective, and combined (subjective and genital) sexual arousal disorder (Brotto, Basson, & Gorzalka, 2004). Only those women in the ‘‘genital’’ subgroup, characterized by self-reports of impaired genital sensitivity, showed evidence of impaired genital response.

The relationship between distress and symptoms of FSAD will be discussed below. ’’ In DSM-III-R (American Psychiatric Association, 1987), subtyping (lifelong or acquired; generalized or situational; psychogenic only or psychogenic and biogenic) had been added. , ED) (Segraves, 1996b), the lack of empirical data on the relationship between severity and duration criteria and treatment outcome ruled this out. For FSAD, however, the DSM-IV text included this statement: ‘‘Occasional problems with sexual arousal that are not persistent or recurrent…are not considered to be Female Sexual Arousal Disorder’’ (p.

Sexual ‘‘desire’’ may reflect early arousal processes (Everaerd, Laan, Both, & van der Velde, 2000) and it is argued that there is no such thing as spontaneous sexual desire (Laan & Both, 2008). Sexual thoughts or sexual activity act as stimuli, which then trigger the desire-arousal process. Individuals have variable tendencies to respond to sexual stimuli (often referred to as ‘‘arousability’’) (Laan & Both, 2008). While the drive model assumes that we have sex because we feel desire (Laan & Janssen, 2007), the incentive motivation model instead suggests that we feel sexual desire because we have sex or think about sex (Laan & Both, 2008).

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