Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD)

Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD)

Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD) is a sexual dysfunction that is characterized by a persistent lack of sexual desire or drive. People with HSDD have no desire to engage in sexual activity, and this lack of desire significantly affects their quality of life. It is estimated to effect up to 12% of women at some point in their lives.

HSDD is only classed as such when it causes a significant amount of distress in the person’s life. It is not a be behavior, and should not be treated as such. Treatment for HSDD is available, and it is important for people affected by the disorder to seek proper diagnosis and treatment.

What are the causes of HSDD?

The exact cause of HSDD is not known, but there are certain factors that could contribute to the development of the disorder. These factors include:

  • Hormonal imbalances or menopause
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Certain medications
  • Relationship problems or marital difficulties
  • Stressful life events
  • Past trauma

What are the symptoms of HSDD?

The primary symptom of HSDD is a decrease in sexual desire that persists for an extended period of time. Other symptoms may include:

  • Lack of libido or sexual fantasies
  • Inability to become aroused or reach orgasm
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Anxiety surrounding sexual activity
  • Depression or feelings of guilt

How is HSDD diagnosed and treated?

HSDD can be diagnosed by a trained medical professional, such as a psychologist or psychotherapist. During the examination, the patient may be asked to describe their symptoms, their medical history, and any lifestyle habits that may be affecting the disorder. The doctor may also perform a physical examination or request a series of tests to rule out other conditions.

Treatment for HSDD can include lifestyle changes, such as exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet, getting plenty of rest, and reducing stress. Therapy, typically cognitive behavioral therapy, can also help address any underlying issues that may be contributing to the disorder. In some cases, medications may be used to treat HSDD.