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Jun 18, 2013

Premenopausal women with hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) could find some relief through medication by 2016, if clinical trials are successful.

HSDD is a persistent loss of sex drive that causes a woman distress. It may lead to problems in her relationship as well.

It’s normal for a woman’s libido to have its ups and downs throughout her life. Hormonal changes, stress, and fatigue can all affect sex drive. What makes HSDD different is its constancy. Also, for a diagnosis of HSDD, this loss of sex drive cannot be explained by another medical condition or substance. (For example, low libido can be a side effect of certain antidepressants.)

Currently, no medical treatment for HSDD has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However, researchers at a Dutch company called Emotional Brain hope that their drugs – Lybrido and Lybridos – will eventually be approved and available.

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