About 1 in 10 premenopausal women in the United States are affected by Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD). HSDD is a sexual dysfunction characterized by a low libido or desire for sexual activity. This undertreated problem leads to distress and interpersonal difficulties for women. If your low libido is caused by a mental disorder, drugs, or a different medical condition, it is not classified as HSDD, and other treatments are recommended.
The following questionnaire could help you understand HSDD and recognize if you have this condition. Answer the Decreased Sexual Desire Screener (DSDS) below honestly and accurately for the best results.
- In the past, was your level of sexual desire or interest good & satisfying to you?
- Has there been a decrease in your level of sexual desire or interest?
- Are you bothered by the decreased level of sexual desire or interest?
- Would you like your level of sexual desire or interest to increase?
- What factors do you feel may be contributing to your current decrease in sexual desire or interest?
- An operation, depression, injuries, or other medical condition
- Medications, drugs, or alcohol you are currently taking/consuming
- Pregnancy, recent childbirth, menopausal symptoms
- Other sexual issues you may be having (pain, decreased arousal or orgasm)
- Your partner’s sexual problems
- Dissatisfaction with your relationship or partner
- Stress or fatigue
If you answered questions one to four with “yes,” you could have HSDD. The factors listed in question five could help a physician or gynecologist find the root of your low libido. Bring your answers to your doctor to see if you qualify for the treatment options available for HSDD. In the past, many doctors didn’t screen patients for HSDD because we didn’t have an FDA-approved treatment option. We now have an effective and easy treatment for HSDD and are excited to share the treatment with our patients who suffer from HSDD.
Next week, we will be sharing our blog will be focused on the new FDA-approved treatment for HSDD. If you are interested in the treatment, its side effects and its benefits, check back in next week.