Female Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder

Hypoactive sexual desire disorder is the most prevalent sexual disorder in women, and one of the most challenging to overcome. This paper discusses the current definition for HSDD, the prevalence of HSDD in women, definitions of sexual health and sexual desire, sexual myths and HSDD, and criticisms around creating sexual norms and ideals related to HSDD. This paper will also discuss physical vs. psychological arousal in women, physical, psychological, and relational aspects of HSDD, male HSDD, an Adlerian perspective of HSDD, theories of desire, and proposed definitions of female HSDD including a proposed DSM-V revision of HSDD. Treatment options discussed include hormonal, antidepressant, herbal, CBT, and mindfulness.

Mera Le Colling
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