Nationally, there is an important dialogue taking place regarding female sexual dysfunction (FSD) and whether it is a legitimate medical condition that requires treatment. HealthyWomen, based on the data that is currently available, believes that FSDs are real disorders that affect millions of women in the United States.
A recent Healthy Women survey (supported by Palatin Technologies, makers of the investigational therapy bremelanotide),Â revealed thatÂ as many asÂ 6 inÂ 10Â premenopausal women whoÂ are experiencing lowÂ desireÂ areÂ distressed by it.Â Additionally, someÂ 40 percentÂ of womenÂ polled blame themselves for their low desire.Â Clearly, moreÂ awareness andÂ education areÂ needed around this topic.
Low sexual desireâ€”known as hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD)â€”is the most common form of FSD.Â Some of the HSDD symptoms include: lack of sexual thoughts, lack of desire that cannot be attributed to any other medical or psychological problems. The key criteria of the disorder is that it causes personal distress.
According to the HealthyWomen survey (aÂ study of 906 premenopausal women), as many as 95 percent of women say a healthy sex life is important to a romantic relationship; yet, 40 percent of these women admit they avoid sex with their partner due to low desire.
If you suffer from one or all of HSDD symptoms shared here, you are not alone. According to the HealthyWomen survey,Â as many as 46 percent of the women surveyed experienced low sexual desire at some point in time.