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Learn More About The Symptoms and Treatment of HSDD

More often than not, individuals pass off their symptoms as an everyday occurrence rather than an actual medical ailment. If you have been experiencing low sexual desire for long periods of time, this may not be a regular occurrence. This may actually be HSDD or Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder. Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder is extremely common among women, yet this may have been the first thing you have ever heard about the ailment. A lack of information is common, but thankfully people have the means to alleviate that lack of information. The internet is full of information and this is no different. Many people may be wondering what exactly is HSDD? Read on to help start your education on this condition. 

What is Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder?

HSDD, now currently known as Female Sexual Interest/Desire Disorder is a sexual dysfunction that decreases any woman's libido. No one woman is exempt from this disorder, as it mostly onsets with age. Elder women often experience a drastic decrease in sexual desire.

Hormonal changes, stress, and the side effects of medication are all known for decreasing one's libido, however, the one quality of HSDD that sets it apart from regular, daily occurrences is distress. Without distress caused by the lack of sexual desire, the disorder ultimately does not exist.

Causes of Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder

HSDD is one of the most complicated disorders to diagnose, as the causes vary greatly per woman. They can be psychological, physical, or a combination of both.

Psychological Causes

  • History of Sexual Abuse
  • Trust Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Depression or low Self-Esteem

Physical Causes

  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Medication Use
  • Hormonal Changes
  • Decreased Estrogen Levels

In addition to these possible causes, your doctor may perform a pelvic exam to determine whether there are any physical, pelvic-related reasons for your sudden decrease in sexual interest. Even with all this in mind, there are still no specific causes of HSDD, with most of the causes being associations.

Symptoms of Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder

It is important to note that one major thing that distinguishes HSDD from regular hormonal changes is that this disorder may last for well over a year. It is only then that doctors may diagnose an individual with Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder. Again, if you are feeling distressed due to this decreased libido, it may be time for a doctor's visit. Here are some of the many symptoms associated with this disorder:

  • Decreased Sexual Interest for Twelve Months
  • Little to Zero Sexual Thoughts
  • Little to Zero Sexual Fantasies
  • No Pleasure from Sexual Activities
  • Zero Interest in Intimacy

Having HSDD can be difficult for any woman, as these symptoms may even affect her romantic or sexual partner. Trust issues may arise in the relationship, and thus if you are diagnosed with or may have the disorder, it is best to inform your partner as soon as you can. Communication is key to maintaining a healthy relationship with an individual who may have this disorder.

Treating Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder

As said before, diagnosing this disorder may be very difficult for your physician or gynecologist. An individual who thinks that she may have this disorder will need to keep track of all of her symptoms as well as how long they have lasted for. When talking to your personal care provider or gynecologist about having this disorder, it is important to be completely open and honest. Sexual intimacy is one of the most sensitive topics to talk about and as such, many individuals may feel embarrassed or ashamed to be openly expressing their concerns about it.

Reproduction is vital to survival, and as such, you should remove this fear of talking about it and be completely honest with your doctor as this may prove whether your treatment is effective or not. Lifestyle changes offer the most effective treatment options for HSDD. Gynecologists recommend incorporating exercise in some way into your daily life. This can be going for a morning run or even setting some time aside for yoga. Also, an effort to change your sexual behavior may prove beneficial. Trying new things can provide a benefit. If none of these seem to work for you, it may be time to consider therapy or medication. Both of these options are costly but will work to improve your libido and decrease any stress.

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