HSDD: Overview

Content Written By: Sheryl A. Kingsberg, PhD

The most prevalent sexual health problem in women is hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD), defined as persistent or recurrent deficiency or absence of sexual fantasies/thoughts and/or desire for or receptivity to sexual activity, which causes marked distress or interpersonal difficulty. HSDD may be classified as primary or lifelong if the problem has always existed, or secondary or acquired if she previously had sexual desire but no longer has interest.

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