Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder
WHAT IS HSDD?
The simplest way to define it is: HSDD = low libido + distress.
However, sex, as we all know, is never simple. It can be complicated, especially when you’re a female who has noticed something could be off with her sex drive. Hypoactive (low) Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD) is the most common form of female sexual dysfunction. It’s a medical condition, which is characterized by a lack of interest in sex that’s causing personal frustration or distress.
WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF HSDD?
Studies have shown that there is a chemical imbalance in the brain that can affect desire for women with HSDD. In those studies, when women were exposed to sexual cues, brains with HSDD didn’t activate for the sexual experience. There is the potential that these women weren’t able to process these positive sexual experiences the same way as the women without HSDD.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF HSDD?
You experience low sexual desire no matter the type of sexual activity
Your level of sexual desire of interest in sex has decreased
Your lower sexual desire or lower interest in sex is bothering you
You were satisfied in the past with your level of sexual desire or interest in sex, but no longer are
It’s estimated that HSDD affects 1 in 10 women today, that’s millions of our sisters, friends, moms, and partners— yet this could very well be the first time you’re hearing about it. Somehow the most common form of female sexual dysfunction is the least talked about. If you think this could be you, talk to your healthcare provider about HSDD today. There are options!