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HSDD and Relationships

HSDD and RelationshipsHypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) can hurt relationships, according to a recent survey.

The survey was supported by, a women’s health information website, and Palatin Technologies, a biopharmaceutical company that is currently developing an on-demand treatment for HSDD.

Many women lose interest in sex from time to time. But for women with HSDD, that lack of interest is constant. It also causes distress.


Nine hundred six women between the ages of 30 and 50 participated in the survey. The women were non-menopausal.

Almost half of the women said they had experienced low sexual desire before. Of those that did feel low desire, 61% felt distressed by it. Fifty-nine percent of those who felt low desire at the time of the survey said the situation had a negative impact on their relationships.

Among all the respondents, 85% said low desire would “hurt the level of intimacy” with their partner. And 66% said it would cause problems with communication.


“Sex is an important part of a romantic relationship, so a lack of intimacy can sometimes create tension within an otherwise healthy partnership,” said HealthyWomen CEO and President Beth Battaglino, R.N. in a press release.

"Women who avoid sex because of low sexual desire may not realize that this could be a sign of a medical issue. Most women don't know what female sexual dysfunction is nor do they understand that conditions like HSDD are real and can be a serious concern for them as well as their partner," she added.

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“New Survey Reveals That Low Sexual Desire Disrupts Relationships”

(Press release. May 20, 2014)