Low Sexual Desire

Low Sexual Desire, Low Libido,
Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder


  • aka Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSSD)
  • Must cause distress or interpersonal difficulty
  • Cannot be accounted for by another major mental problem
  • Is not due solely to the effects of a substance or general medical condition
  • 33% of women experience low sexual desire
  • Several medical conditions and medications can contribute to low libido, decreased arousal and decreased vaginal lubrication


  • Medications
  • Menopause
  • Surgery
  • Pregnancy / lactation
  • Chronic medical problems
  • Prior history of sexual abuse or trauma


  • Relationship issues, stress, body image issues. Evaluating these issues and discussing them with your partner or a sex therapist can improve sexual desire.
  • Eliminating certain medications or treating underlying medical problems.
  • Hormone replacement therapy – sex hormones like testosterone can increase your libido and it’s not just for men anymore.
  • Bremelanotide (PT-141) – is a melanocyte-stimulating hormone (MSH) peptide that affects sexual arousal, aiding enhanced libido levels in women as well as men.
  • Vylessi -a melanocortin receptor agonist indicated for the treatment of premenopausal women with acquired, generalized hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD). 
  • Addyi – the first FDA approved treatment for low libido for women.