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What is HSDD?

Hypoactive sexual desire disorder, or low desire causing personal distress, is the most common of the female sexual dysfunctions, affecting 1 in 10 women.

Women with hypoactive sexual desire disorder, or HSDD, experience:

  • A decrease in sexual desire
  • Significant personal distress due to this lack of desire
  • Potential relationship issues with their partner due to the lack of desire.

To learn more about HSDD, hear a leading sexual health expert, Dr. Sharon Parrish, talk about HSDD and its impact:

hsddThe 2006 PRESIDE (Prevalence of Female Sexual Problems Associated with Distress and Determinants of Treatment Seeking) study, a cross-sectional, population-based survey of 31,581 female adult respondents in the United States published in 2008 in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology found that approximately 43% of women reported a sexual problem. Of those, 22% were distressed by their sexual problems, qualifying them as having a female sexual dysfunction, with one-third of the women seeking formal care. HSDD was the most common of the sexual dysfunctions, affecting approximately 11% of women.

Based on the 2010 U.S. Census there are 60 million premenopausal women in the United States. This translates to a patient population of over 8.2 million women who may be experiencing HSDD today.

At Palatin, we understand that hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) is a treatable medical condition that can negatively impact women and their partners. We also understand that this condition may be caused by deficiencies in certain pathways in her brain that are not allowing her to experience her natural sexual response. HSDD has biopsychosocial implications for women impacted by this condition. Our goal is to help physicians distinguish HSDD from other conditions which can also impact a woman’s desire and offer physicians a medical treatment as part of the treatment plan for HSDD.

To learn more about how to discuss female sexual response issues and make a diagnosis, hear a leading sexual health expert, Dr. Sheryl Kingsberg, provide some helpful tips: