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Don't want sex? Your low libido could be HSDD

Published : Friday March 18, 2016 | Posted in : Sexual Health

What Is HSDD?

HSDD stands for hypoactive sexual desire disorder. It's a condition where women simply don't want sex.

Who Suffers From It?

According to the NHS, as many as 3 in 10 women are thought to have a reduced interest in sex. That's a large proportion of unhappy women, so it's something to be taken seriously.

What Causes It?

It can be a combination of physical and psychological issues:

  • Hormone changes including menopause
  • Relationship problems
  • Low testosterone
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Post pregnancy factors
  • Stress

What Are The Symptoms?

It's a lack of sexual desire to the point that it distresses you and interferes with everyday life.

If a woman experiences a lack of sex drive, but she's isn't worried about it and it's not affecting her in any way, then she won't be diagnosed with HSDD.

And The Cure?

Psychotherapy, counselling and relationship advice are the current standard treatments for HSDD and they can help to sort out underlying emotional factors to get your sex drive back.

HSDD caused by menopause may be helped by hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and sometimes time can improve the matter, particularly after pregnancy.

Finally - Female Viagra!

Many women have been calling for a female version of Viagra since it appeared in 1998 and it looks as if one may be on the horizon - a new drug called Addyi has been approved in the States and is undergoing trials here in the UK.

Take up of the drug has been slow in the US. Only 227 prescriptions were written in the first month of availability compared to Viagra's half a million first month. Why might this be? Embarrassment? An acceptance that sex drive disappears with age? Or simply because women can have sex if they are not really turned on, whereas for men, no erection equals no sex.

How Does Addyi Work?

The drug works by equalising chemicals in a woman's brain increasing the dopamine and norepinephrine (noradrenaline) levels, both of which help create sexual excitement. It also dampens serotonin which may have a negative effect.

It's taken every day like the contraceptive pill rather than just before a sexual encounter as with Viagra and its counterparts. And of course, it's pink.

There are side effects to Addyi such as dizziness and nausea but not everyone experiences them. A participant in the UK trials said 'it was like a light switch being turned back on'.

But not everyone agrees with Addyi (pronounced 'Addi'). Janice Hiller, a clinical psychologist at Tavistock clinic in London, is wary. She believes a woman's sex drive is more affected by relationship problems, familiarity, anger or drudgery and that communication is what solves the problem. Still, no doubt couples will be interested in this drug if and when it's cleared for use in the UK. Options are important and when it comes to HSDD the more the merrier.


Sources

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3457564/Would-female-viagra-meet-woman-says-changed-life-gave-sexual-desire.html#ixzz42ctgiKvT

http://shsc.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/F1_treatment_options_for_hsddin_women1.pdf

http://www.sexhealthmatters.org/news/fda-approves-drug-to-treat-low-sexual-desire-in-women

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