HSDD At A Glance
Did you know that hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) affects one in 10 women every year?
Despite its prevalence, HSDD, the most common form of female sexual dysfunction, is one of the least talked about issues affecting women today ﹣ but you don’t need to struggle in silence any longer!
Sexual health is essential to a higher quality of life and wellness, and if you’re unhappy, Walnut Lake OB/GYN & Wellness can help. Our women’s health center is located in West Bloomfield, MI, and we invite patients from throughout Oakland County and the surrounding areas to talk to one of our healthcare providers today.
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What Is Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD)?
Hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) is a condition characterized by a low libido or low sexual desire that causes personal frustration or distress.
What do the symptoms of hypoactive sexual desire disorder look like? Let’s take a closer look:
- Lack of sexual desire
- Few to no sexual fantasies or thoughts
- Difficulty getting pleasure from sex
- Unresponsive to a partner’s sexual signals
- Avoidance of sex altogether
A woman’s libido can change throughout her life, but if she is bothered by her lowered interest in sex, or if it is causing personal distress or problems in her relationship, she may be suffering from HSDD.
If you’re struggling with female sexual dysfunction, you’re not alone. HSDD affects women of all ages. According to the North American Menopause Society, 12% of women between ages 45 and 64 experience HSDD, while 9% of women between the ages of 18 and 44 experience it.
What are the causes of HSDD?
There are several possible causes of hypoactive sexual desire disorder in women. Studies suggest that imbalances of neurotransmitters in the brain may inhibit sexual desire.
Anxiety and depression are common causes of HSDD, and may also result from taking certain medications to treat these conditions. Stress, low self-esteem, and body image issues are often attributed to HSDD, as well.
Physical conditions, such as diabetes, thyroid disease, bladder problems, cancer, heart disease, and hormonal imbalances, can also cause HSDD.
HSDD Diagnosis & Treatment
There are different ways a doctor can evaluate and diagnose a patient with hypoactive sexual desire disorder. Your doctor or women’s health care provider may go over a series of questions with you or run blood tests to evaluate your hormone levels.
A gynecologist can also perform a physical exam and check for vaginal dryness or other issues that may be causing discomfort, pain, and subsequent libido loss. In these cases, our women’s health center utilizes the MonaLisa Touch procedure to address vaginal dryness.
Depending on your needs, your gynecologist can work closely with you to make lifestyle changes that may help. Your OB/GYN may also prescribe female libido supplements, such as HerSynergy® and BioSōm®, or FDA-approved treatments, such Addyi or Vyleesi.