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Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder

Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder

Hypoactive sexual desire disorder refers to a lack of desire or absence of sexual fantasies. Although, sexual performance can be adequate once activity has started.


Hypoactive sexual desire disorder happens in approximately 20 percent of the population and is more commonly found in women, though it does affect both sexes.


Symptoms for hypoactive sexual desire disorder only consist of a lack of desired sexual activity and interest.


  • Communication problems
  • Lack of affection
  • Power struggles
  • Lack of one-on-one time for partners to be alone together
  • A very restrictive upbringing concerning sex, or negative or traumatic sexual experiences
  • Physical illnesses and some medications
  • Psychological conditions such as depression or excessive stress may inhibit sexual interest
  • Fatigue
  • Individuals who were victims of childhood sexual abuse and persons whose marriages are lacking in emotional intimacy are may be at risk.


In common cases, medical evaluation and lab tests will not reveal a physical cause. Although, since testosterone is the hormone known to be responsible for creating sexual desire in both men and women, it can be useful to monitor testosterone levels. Treatment is always individualized since some couples will require relationship or marital therapy before focusing on enhancing sexual activity. Many couples may need to focus on the sexual relationship itself, and through education and assignments they can expand the variety and time devoted to sexual activity. A helpful method to preventing ISD is setting aside time for nonsexual intimacy. Its been shown that couples who reserve time for one-on-one talking are more likely to experience a sexual desire. In addition, reserving time before exhaustion sets in encourages closeness and the sexual desire. Couples sometimes mentally separate sex and affection, that way they aren’t afraid to be affectionate daily. Reading books or engaging in courses for couples communication or massage can also encourage emotions of closeness. Reading novels or viewing movies with romantic or sexual content may also serve to encourage and stimulate sexual desire. Low sexual desire can demonstrate signs of the emotional health of the relationship. In a loving relationship, low sexual desire can cause a partner to feel hurt and rejected, which can cause feelings of resentment and encouraging eventual emotional distance. Sex is something that, for most couples, either bonds their relationship or builds a wall that over time will drive them apart. When one partner is less interested in sex than their companion, professional help is suggested before it puts a strain on the relationship.

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