A recent study showed that nearly one-third of women aged 18 to 59 suffer from a lost interest in sex, and it’s not all in their heads. Unlike men’s main sexual complaint, erectile dysfunction, women’s biggest sexual problem is caused by a combination of both mental and physical factors.
What Is Low Sexual Desire?
Contrary to popular belief, experts say frequency of sexual intercourse has nothing to do with sexual desire or satisfaction. “One of first things I do in speaking to women who come in with sexual concerns is let them know that there is no normal frequency or set of behaviours and things change with time.
“If it’s working for them, for her and partner, there is no problem.”
But when a woman experiences a significant decrease in interest in sex that is having an effect on her life and is causing distress, then it’s considered a problem of low sexual desire or HSDD. Sexual desire is more than just an issue of low libido or sex drive.
Sexual drive is the biological component of desire, which is reflected as spontaneous sexual interest including sexual thoughts, erotic fantasies, and daydreams. We have effective therapies available to help put the lust back into women’s lives.