HSDD - Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder

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Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder

What is Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder?

Hypoactive sexual desire disorder is described as the nonexistent or lessened sexual interest or craving, lack of sexual ideas or imagination, and receptive sexual craving. Research shows that about 33% of women are affected with hypoactive sexual desire disorder. This is a relatively new area of research for doctors, OBGYN, and scientist as well. Recently there have been attempts in the pharmaceutical industry to treat HSDD by Flibanserin, LibiGel, and others. This has resulted in an overwhelming amount of research that was previously not done. However, not a lot has been learned in terms of permanently treating the ailment.

Outside of our knowledge of HSDD we also can take a look at related disorders such as FSAD or Female Sexual Arousal Disorder, FSD or Female Sexual Dysfunction, and other complications that can significantly lower a woman's libido and diminish her sexual life. Below we'll take a look at what causes HSDD and what we can do to properly cope with and treat the disorder.

Causes of Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder

Like FSD there are many causes that can lead to a suffering sex life. Individual psychological problems such as:

  • Anxiety or depression
  • Bad impression about self
  • A propensity to mix sexual intercourse and affection
  • Overloaded with career responsibilities
  • Fear of emotional and physical closeness
  • Physical factors like sexual violence and emotional distress

Intergenerational problems may also contribute to the problem. Many anti-sexual beliefs in the family like procrastination of sexual intercourse and sex not for personal enjoyment can result in emotions of shame and guilt, and may lead to Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder.

The relationship the couple shares is a major contributor. Marital suffering and less consistency in the relation can cause Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder.

Finally, lower hormone levels, chronic medical conditions, physiological changes, and taking drugs can also instigate this disorder. This includes:

  • Depression and despair
  • Intake of medicines like serotonergic antidepressants
  • Chronic devastating sickness, like unrelieved rental failure
  • Variation in blood sugar with diabetes

Treatment of Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder

There are no fast and simple processes of treating this disease as it can be triggered by one of the many factors like psychological, medical and social factors. Rather, the healing depends largely on the individual needs, and the treatment should be complete, adoptable and individualised.

Medicinal and Hormone Therapies

Some medicines are used to cure this disease. For instance, bupropion sustained release, an antidepressant, is helpful for women suffering from Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder.

Sex Therapy

Some of the therapies for HSDD are dealing with the sexual relationship. Often in a relationship, one partner views the other as having the problem. The reality is that Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder is a relationship crisis. During the treatment, couples gradually understand that sexual excitement and fulfilment require the participation, sharing and support of both partners and that it is not a problem related to one partner alone.

Cognitive therapy

Cognitive therapy plays an essential part in curing Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder. Negative thinking about herself, her partner and sexual closeness, can be a factor for the loss of sexual excitement because this puts off pleasant sexual thinking and imagination. Incorrect information regarding lack of sexual excitement and satisfaction, and sex drive has to be rectified, and a psychotherapist helps in this matter by giving psycho education to the affected person.

Concluding Statement

Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder is one of the most widespread sexual problems faced by many women. Some of the ways to help recover from this disorder are marriage counselling, sex psychotherapy, trying to improve the relation by giving time and effort. Different couples try different techniques or different tactics to reawaken their sexual intimacy. Sometimes the couple getting fit by regular workout can also improve vitality and heighten female libido. There are many products that claim to help to improve this disorder but it is advisable to consult with your physician before taking this Step. Moreover, there is no approved medicine at present specially designed for curing this disorder.

Written by:
Cynthia Smorell

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