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Conditions: HSDD

Overview - HSDD

Hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) refers to a woman's chronic or ongoing lack of interest in sex, to the point that it causes her personal distress or problems in her relationships.

It's normal for women to lose interest in sex from time to time. A woman's libido can fluctuate throughout her life. It might be high when she's feeling good about her relationship or if she's excited about a new one. It might decrease when she's under emotional stress or dealing with hormonal changes from pregnancy or menopause.

The important distinction with HSDD is that it causes personal distress. If a woman does not feel concerned about her sex drive, then she probably doesn’t have HSDD. She might have a lower libido than other women, but if she’s not bothered by it, then there generally isn't a problem.

According to the Society for Women’s Health Research, HSDD is the most common female sexual dysfunction and affects about 1 in 10 women. It can happen at any age. The Mayo Clinic notes that as many as 40% of women have HSDD at some point in their lives, according to some studies. 5% to 15% of women have the problem continuously.

HSDD can be frustrating for a woman and her partner. But it's a treatable condition. Even though it might take some time to discover what’s causing it, a woman with HSDD can return to a satisfying sex life.

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