Female hysteria was once a common medical diagnosis for women, which was described as exhibiting a wide array of symptoms , including anxiety , shortness of breath , fainting , nervousness, sexual desire , insomnia , fluid retention , heaviness in the abdomen, irritability , loss of appetite for food or sex , paradoxically sexually forward behaviour , and a "tendency to cause trouble for others". Its diagnosis and treatment were routine for hundreds of years in Western Europe. In Western medicine hysteria was considered both common and chronic among women. The American Psychiatric Association dropped the term hysteria in Even though it was categorized as a disease, hysteria's symptoms were synonymous with normal functioning female sexuality. The history of hysteria can be traced to ancient times.
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And in the past few years, it has careened around popular culture. Samantha Bee did a skit about it in March. A seemingly endless march of quirky news stories has instructed readers in its surprising but true quality, including in Vice , Mother Jones , and Psychology Today.
Despite its international reputation for romance, France has topped a survey for having women most likely to fake an orgasm. Women in the UK appeared to fair slightly better, with 41 per cent saying they struggled to orgasm. Not climaxing often might be the result of little foreplay, and a country that often scores highly for levels of stress and fatigue, an expert told The Local.