What is

Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder?

Hypoactive sexual desire disorder refers to a lack of desire for sexual intimacy in any form — from desire and arousal to orgasm and resolution. This condition can affect both men and women.

Symptoms of Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder

Lack of interest in or desire for sexual intimacy of any kind, including masturbation
Never or very rarely having sexual fantasies or thoughts
Being concerned about your lack of sexual interest

Causes

Desire for sex fluctuates throughout our lives and it’s totally normal to not want sex sometimes. But if your lack of sexual desire becomes chronic or causes you distress, there may be an underlying problem. Causes of hypoactive sexual desire disorder may include:

  • Physical causes: pain, inability to reach orgasm, medical conditions such as cancer or arthritis, medications, lifestyle habits, surgery or fatigue may all contribute to this condition.
  • Hormonal causes: hormone fluctuations during pregnancy/breastfeeding or menopause may cause a decrease in sexual desire.
  • Psychological causes: anxiety, depression, stress, body image disorders, low self-esteem, physical or sexual abuse, and relationship issues could lead to hypoactive sexual desire disorder.

Preventions

It is very difficult to prevent hypoactive sexual desire disorder, but recovery is possible for both men and women suffering from this condition. Treatment for hypoactive sexual desire disorder may include:

  • Sex education and counseling
  • Hormone therapy
  • Medications
  • Lifestyle changes (such as exercise, diet, stress management)

If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms, it may be time to see Dr. Sonia Bahlani.

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