Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD) is a DSM-IV Classification that is applied to millions of women around the world. Recently, we posted a blog on HSDD and were met with a virtual avalanche of sorts....an avalanche of 'hits' that leaves one to conclude that we are definitely on to something, women!
There are several websites that openly discuss HSDD, including the definition, causes, treatment modalities, a review of products (of course), and testimonials. It is not our goal to promote any product, but to inform you, the Women of the World. The first step in gaining control of your sexuality is to define it. And honestly, if you are interested in becoming more of a sexual Woman with emotional intimacy, transparency, and have a willing partner in this quest...well, then we hold that you are about to enter a new dimension in your journey called life. So Onward & Forward!
By the time that a person with HSDD receives a diagnosis and presents for treatment, there is a great likelihood that a substantial period of time has already gone by with the sexual dysfunction adversely affecting a relationship to the point where a separation or divorce is already in progress. So we encourage Women to know about this disorder and to seek help if you find yourself in this situation. You are not alone.
We also want to make it clear that if you are a Woman with a decreased or nonexistent sexual desire, there is hope! Before we give you categories of HSDD, let us first comment on the most common causes of HSDD. There are several main causes, it is a complicated issue, and for most women, the cause may not ever be found. Some causes include: cultural inhibition, medical and/or psychiatric diagnoses, general health issues, drug interactions, low testosterone, and high prolactin. Many causes are simply unknown. To the American, Business, or Woman CEO of the Family, add to this the stresses of a job, paying bills, answering the telephone, arranging meetings, making dinner, doing laundry, and the multiple other duties of a wife and mother. So the myriad of etiologies for HSDD are probably not all described, and further research into the causes is needed for further study.
There are three Subtypes of HSDD:
1. General: The person has and never has had an interest or drive to engage in sexual activity.
2. Situational: The person used to have a sexual interest in the partner, but no longer has. There is sexual drive but it is directed to self-stimulation or to another person.
3. Acquired: The person used to have sexual interest in the partner, but no longer has interest in sex.
There are no pharmaceutical drugs that are approved solely for the diagnosis of HSDD. But there are many treatment modalities available. Some options include assistance in generating even day/night cycles, ensuring adequate sleep, exercise, and there are a plethora of advertised products that have either anecdotal claims or research studies to back up their case for helping women to optimize their sexual desires. Key note in speaking of Sexual Desire in Women: the Female Orgasm and Female Ejaculation.
Tomorrow we shall discuss treatment options in more detail. For now, we encourage you to review your sexual desire. If you are distressed about a decreased sexual drive and/or you have relationship or marital problems because you just have little to no interest in having sex....perhaps you need to stay with us. Please view the references below for a head start on options. Speak to your doctor about HSDD. Let your doctor or health care professional know if you are having problems because of a change in sexual desire. We hope that you do not wait months or years before mentioning HSDD to your doctor. Talk to your doctor today...."I think I might have HSDD." Wow! Let's change the situation for Women! Together, we are strong!
We look forward to bringing forth Women's Health Issues in a candid and informative manner. You take care of yourself and remember that we are Women Helping Women!