Hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD), a condition that causes marked distress and interpersonal difficulties.
In view of the complexity of factors contributing to the various types of female sexual dysfunctions(FSD), the identification of HSDD requires that it be carefully differentiated from other forms of FSD.
In women, problems with sexual desire have been found to be associated with age, relationship distress and relationship duration, complaints of anxiety and depression.
HSDD defined as diminished feelings of sexual interest or desire, absent sexual thoughts or fantasies, and lack of responsive desire.
Synonyms for HSDD include sexual aversion, inhibited sexual desire, sexual apathy and sexual anorexia. Statistics show that HSDD is not rare – it is the most common of all female sexual disorders, occurring in at least 20 per cent of women in the US and over 20 per cent in EU.
Treatment for HSDD has typically focused on cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) or sexual therapy/counselling and, in some cases, hormone therapy.