Educate Yourself About the Causes of HSDD


Everyone has a different level of sexual desire that they undergo. This fluctuates with many life events or hormonal changes within the body. Some level of sexual desire is prevalent in almost everyone. There are some cases, where women suffer from very low desire to engage in intercourse. When a woman deals with a chronic lack of interest in physical intimacy, it’s possible she’s suffering from hypoactive sexual desire disorder. 

There are many different ways that HSDD can strike a person. Causes can be physical, psychological, hormonal or even due to relationships. Despite how prevalent HSDD can be in people, many are unaware of it. It’s written off as someone just not being interested, when it’s often far more than that. Read on to learn much more about HSDD.

Causes of HSDD

As mentioned earlier, there are many different causes which can result in the lowered desire, common to HSDD. These reasons break down into different categories. The first category is physical reasons. These include: 

  • Performance Issues - People who suffer from pain or a lack of performance during intercourse often have their desire drop. 
  • Diseases - There are many diseases which can reduce a person’s interest in intercourse. High Blood pressure and arthritis are very common. People with neurological disorders can also suffer, as can some heart diseases. 
  • Medication - There are many prescription drugs which can have a negative effect on a woman’s sex drive. 
  • Fatigue - This can be the daily fatigue of working, living life and raising children. It can also be fatigue from someone suffering a long term illness or having recently had some type of surgery. 

In addition to those physical causes, the hormonal balance within a person is delicate. Major incidents which change a woman’s hormones will often result in HSDD. This includes the major changes that occur during menopause, or the hormonal changes needed during pregnancy and breastfeeding afterwards. Relationship issues can sometimes intermingle with psychological issues as well. A lack of trust in a relationship, combined with poor communication and a lack of connection to a sexual partner can bring on cases of HSDD. Women often suffer from poor body image, low self esteem, stress, depression or have suffered from a damaging sexual history including abuse. All of these psychological issues can manifest themselves and cause a woman to suffer from HSDD. 

Symptoms HSDD

The symptoms of HSDD tend to revolve around being uninterested in the sexual act. It’s important to note that this is not just a one off moment in time, but rather a consistent and chronic issue. People who suffer from HSDD exhibit: 

  • A lack of interest in sexual activity with partners or self. 
  • No longer having sexual thoughts or developing fantasies in the mind. 
  • A lack of concern about these symptoms.  

Many women feel uncomfortable about HSDD and don’t want to speak with a doctor about it. However, seeing a doctor can often result in rather small tweaks to a lifestyle resulting in large changes. 

Treatment for HSDD

Once approaching a doctor about HSDD, they will attempt to diagnose the specific cause. This may involve some additional exams and answering some questions which may be uncomfortable. However, it’s important to complete this. Diagnosing the appropriate cause will lead to the right treatment. 

Many women don’t need any physical treatment. Education and therapy is one of the most common treatment options. Therapy can be taken as an individual, couple, or both. The goal would be to address psychological and relationship causes and reduce them. 

In other cases, medications can be the cause of HSDD. In these cases, a doctor will likely try to find an alternative medication that performs the same function, but does not have the same side effects. Some medications are coming to market which are intended to support the libido of a woman. These drugs are still relatively new and do have some other side effects that may render them useless to certain women.

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