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
- 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.