The Causes and Prevalence of Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder: Part I

Melissa Feldhaus-Dahir

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Urol Nurs. 2009;29(4):259-260; 263. 

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Abstract and Introduction

Abstract

Hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) is the most common complaint among women experiencing sexual dysfunction.The cause of HSDD is often multifactorial, and there are no treatments approved by the Food and Drug Administration available to women at this time.

Introduction

Female sexual dysfunction (FSD) occurs when a woman experiences distress due to pro blems with sexual desire, arousal, orgasm, or pain (Aslan & Fynes, 2008). Hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD), also known as "low libido" or "low sexual desire," is the most common complaint among women experiencing sexual dysfunction. HSDD is defined as the deficiency or absence of sexual fantasies and desire for sexual activity that causes significant personal distress or interpersonal difficulty (American Psychiatric Association, 1994). Women have reported that a lack of sexual desire negatively affects their quality of life, physical and emotional satisfaction, and overall happiness (Laumann, Paik, & Rosen, 1999).

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