Low Sexual Desire

According to research, about 43% of women have experienced some type of sexual dysfunction and loss of sexual desire is the most common complaint.

What is Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD)?

Hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD), also known as “low libido” or “low sexual desire,” is the most common complaint among women experiencing sexual dysfunction. HSDD is defined as the deficiency or absence of sexual fantasies and desire for sexual activity that causes significant personal distress or interpersonal difficulty. Women have reported that a lack of sexual desire negatively affects their quality of life, physical and emotional satisfaction, and overall happiness.

What are some signs of HSDD?

Answer TRUE or FALSE to the follow statements:

  • Sex is more work than play.
  • Touching always leads to sex.
  • Touching only takes place in the bedroom.
  • You no longer look forward to making love.
  • Sex does not give you feelings of connection and sharing.
  • You never have sexual thoughts or fantasies.
  • Sex is limited to a fixed time, such as Saturday nights.
  • You feel pressured to engage in intercourse.
  • You look back on premarital sex as the best time.
  • Sex has become mechanical and routine
  • You have sex once or twice a month at most.

If you answered TRUE to five or more statements, or TRUE to item 11, or both, you may be among the more than 40 million Americans suffering from HSDD.

Possible Causes of HSDD

Pain With Sexual Activity Hormone imbalance Rape or Sexual Abuse
Vaginal Dryness Menopause Chronic Illness

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes

  • Antidepressants
  • Birth control pills
  • Chemotherapy
Surgical removal of the ovaries
Relationship Conflict

It is difficult to assess the exact cause of HSDD because it is often complicated and multifactorial. The causes may be related to a number of physiological, psychological, environmental, and social factors. It is common for people with anxiety, depression, stress, phobias, or body image disturbances to have a low sexual desire.In addition, a history of sexual abuse, rape, trauma, family violence, or childhood medical problems can lead to sexual desire problems.