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a woman’s inability to experience orgasm. Those with this condition have a lowered sex drive, although the child-bearing function is preserved. Frigidity can result from endocrine disturbances, diseases of the genitalia, inhibition of the sex drive, or mental disorders brought on by neuroses. In cases where the sex drive is inhibited, frigidity can pass (for example, after childbirth).

Treatment is dependent upon the causes of frigidity and is not indicated in all cases. Methods include psychotherapy, hormonal preparations, and physical therapy. Anorgasmy, or the absence of sexual satisfaction, is generally the result of sexual disharmony between partners and not sexual frigidity. It can be caused, for example, by the inadequate stimulation of a woman’s erogenous zones. The advice of a sexologist can help correct frigidity in many cases.


Iakobzon, L. Ia. Polovaia kholodnost’ zhenshchiny. Leningrad, 1927.
Sviadoshch, A. M. Zhenskaia seksopatologiia, Moscow, 1974.


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Of course, there is much to be said about Israel's own contribution to Arab frigidity by invading Lebanon in 1982 when the ink on the peace treaty with Egypt was barely dry; by not making a sustained effort to solve the Palestinian issue; by the proliferation of settlements in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and, until 2005, in Gaza; and by alienating Israel's internal Palestinian Arab community.