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What is HSDD?

What is HSDD?

HSDD stands for Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder, it is the most common form of sexual dysfunction in women. The key components are low sexual desire and related distress. To learn more about the symptoms, visit our HSDD page.

I think I have HSDD, what can I do about it?

I think I have HSDD, what can I do about it?

If you think the symptoms your are experiencing in regards to your sexual desire could be related to HSDD, we encourage you to speak to a healthcare provider openly and honestly. A great way to start the conversation is by taking our sexual desire quiz and going over your results. Alternatively, at the bottom of our site, you will see a link that will take you to a third-party website where you can book a private phone call with a doctor who specializes in HSDD.

Could my partner be to blame for my loss of desire?

Could by partner be to blame for my loss of desire?

A woman can lose her libido for a number of reasons, but when it comes to HSDD, it is not an issue around physical attraction or turmoil within a relationship. It is a real medical condition, and oftentimes HSDD patients will share that everything in their relationship is great yet they’ve lost their appetite for sex and they don’t know why.

How is HSDD diagnosed?

How is HSDD diagnosed?

HSDD can be diagnosed by a healthcare provider who will ask a series of questions from a diagnostic tool called the Decreased Sexual Desire Screener (DSDS). Questions will be framed similarly to the ones in our sexual desire quiz

Is HSDD just a normal part of aging?

Is HSDD just a normal part of aging?

No, HSDD is not a normal part of the aging process, though it is very common. However, women do not have to accept this as a fact and should bring up any issues to their healthcare provider.

Do you need a brain scan to be diagnosed with HSDD?

Do you need a brain scan to be diagnosed with HSDD?

No, you do not need a brain scan. HSDD can be diagnosed by a healthcare provider who will ask a series of questions from a diagnostic tool called the Decreased Sexual Desire Screener (DSDS).

Is HSDD the same as being asexual?

Is HSDD the same as being asexual?

HSDD and asexuality are two very different things. One of the key components of HSDD is that loss of sexual desire is causing the woman significant distress. In the case of asexuality, there is no emotional attachment to sex.

Lack of desire doesn’t automatically equal HSDD. If your lack of desire doesn’t bother you, then it might not be HSDD.

What is the difference between hyperactive and hypoactive?

What is the difference between hyperactive and hypoactive?

HSDD stands for Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder – hypo means low or inactive. On the flip side, hyper means high or very active, but there is no such thing as hyperactive sexual desire disorder.