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Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder

Hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) is the most common form of female sexual dysfunction and can be described as a persistent or recurring lack of desire or absence of sexual fantasies. Women with HSDD neither initiate sex nor seek stimulation. More importantly, their lack of engagement in sexual activity causes extreme personal distress.

HSDD may result from psychological or emotional factors, or it may result from medical problems such as hormone deficiencies, and medical or surgical interventions. Disruptions of the female hormonal system-such as through natural menopause, surgically or medically induced menopause, or endocrine disorders can also result in inhibited sexual desire.

Potential treatments include:

Testosterone- Although the use of testosterone to treat low libido has not been approved by the FDA, clinical trials are underway and look promising for its use in treating a lack of sexual desire. Testosterone appears to be especially beneficial for women who have had their ovaries removed, are taking estrogen or are under severe stress.

Review current medications - Ask your doctor to switch to medications that have less effect on sexual function. The antidepressants Prozac, Zoloft and Paxil cause loss of libido in as many as 60 percent of patients. If that is not an option, ask your doctor if it is possible to at least lower your dosages.

APA Reference
Writer, H. (2008, December 15). Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, September 15 from https://www.healthyplace.com/sex/female-sexual-dysfunction/hypoactive-sexual-desire-disorder

Last Updated: June 25, 2019

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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