Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD)

Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD)

What is Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder?

Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD) is defined by a chronic deficiency or absence of sexual fantasies and desire for sex or sexual activity

While it is normal for a woman’s interest in sex to fluctuate due to multiple factors such as stress and situational factors, HSDD is marked by an on-going lack of interest that causes emotional and mental stress in the woman experiencing it. While HSDD can be frustrating for you and your partner, you aren’t alone. HSDD affects about 1 in 10 women, Mayo Clinic cites that 40% of women experience HSDD at some point in their lives and HSDD is the most common female sexual dysfunction. HSDD is also a very treatable condition.


What Causes HSDD?

The cause of HSDD is multi-factorial and often caused by a combination of physical, social and psychological factors. Your SHOW Center provider will we work closely with you to exam these various factors to both determine and treat the root causes of your HSDD. Below are some common causes of HSDD.

Physical Causes of HSDD:

  • Illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, or chronic fatigue


  • Side effects of prescription medications or drugs
  • Lowered libido due to menopause or changes in estrogen levels
  • Hormonal changes after pregnancy or postpartum depression

Psychological Causes of HSDD:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety or stress issues
  • Relationship issues
  • Past sexual abuse, rape, incest or sexual trauma
  • Poor body image
  • Poor communication as to what kinds of sexual stimulation is preferred


While HSDD is often completely treatable it will be different for each woman, treatment can encompass psychological therapy, lifestyle changes, medication and hormonal therapies among other things. Your healthcare provider at The SHOW Center will work with you to develop a treatment option personalized to meet your needs that will encompass a complete and thorough approach to care.

*This information does not replace a provider consultation. You should schedule an appointment with your provider if you experience any of these symptoms.