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HSDD Infographic

Mar 04, 2014

Hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) can be a complicated condition. The prefix “hypo” means “under” or “lacking.” Women with HSDD are lacking sexual desire, to the point that they’re troubled about it. HSDD can cause women a great deal of anxiety and relationship stress. Unfortunately, some women are unaware of HSDD and don’t realize that they can seek treatment.

Not long ago, Sprout Pharmaceuticals developed this helpful HSDD infographic that includes some interesting facts. For example:

  • 10% of women have low sexual desire with distress.
  • 43% of women have some degree of sexual dysfunction, compared to 31% of men.
  • The brain is involved with HSDD. Other issues, like hormones and job stress, can contribute to it also.

We’ve covered HSDD extensively here on SexHealthMatters.org and thought it would be useful to round up this information so you (and your partner) can learn more.

If you think you might have HSDD, be sure to see your doctor. It may feel awkward to do so, but remember – your sexual health is an essential part of your overall health. It’s important to take care of yourself. 

HSDD Infographic

HSDD – The Basics

Overview - HSDD. It’s normal for women to lose interest in sex from time to time. What makes HSDD different is the distress it can cause.

Conditions - HSDD. Physical, psychological, and emotional conditions can all lead to HSDD. This post explains these links.

Diagnosing HSDD. How do doctors know when a woman has HSDD? Distress is a key concept, but it can be different for every woman.

Treating HSDD. HSDD treatment often involves dealing with causes. For example, a woman with diabetes may need to get her blood sugar under control. If a woman’s low desire stems from problems with her partner, couples counseling may be suggested.

Understanding HSDD. Targeted to healthcare providers, this article explains HSDD and offers guidance for clinicians who may not be well-versed in sexual medicine.

Do I Have HSDD?

Looking at HSDD. This blog post is for women with low sexual desire and explains why seeing a doctor can help.

Decreased Sexual Desire Screener. This questionnaire helps women assess their symptoms.

HSDD and the Brain

Female Sexual Health.  What is the most important sex organ in a woman’s body? The vagina? The clitoris? How about the brain?

Brain Activation Patterns in Women with HSDD. Scientists discovered that when shown sexually explicit images, the brains of women with HSDD react differently than those without HSDD.

HSDD and Brain Anatomy. Researchers have also found that women with HSDD have structural differences in the brain when compared to women without the condition.

HSDD and Partners

Talking About HSDD. HSDD can be difficult for partners to cope with and talk about. Many fear that they are no longer attractive to their female partner. This blog post helps partners better understand HSDD and provides tips for talking about it.

HSDD Treatment

Latest News on Lybrido/Lybridos. Clinical trials on two drugs designed to treat HSDD are underway. If the trials are successful, medication could be available by 2016.


Print this article or view it as a PDF file here: HSDD Infographic


Now it’s your turn. Have you or your partner ever had HSDD? How did you handle it? Was treatment successful? Feel free to tell us about your experience in the comments.