Symptoms of low sexual desire may include:
- Lack of interest in sexual activity and/or sexual thoughts or fantasies
- Reduced or no initiation of sexual activity
- No or little sexual excitement or pleasure during sexual activity
- Reduced, or absent, genital sensations during sexual activity
You may be at risk for sexual desire disorder if you:
- Have a negative attitude about sexuality
- Are in a difficult relationship
- Have experienced childhood stressors
- Are depressed and/or anxious
- Have a history of physical or emotional abuse
- Are experiencing life stressors (job loss, grief)
- Abuse alcohol
How is sexual desire disorder treated?
Balance Women's Health providers recognize the importance of an individualized plan to treat sexual desire disorder. Diagnosing sexual desire disorder usually includes a healthcare provider asking questions to learn more about your sexual history, previous and current sexual interests. Your health care provider may also ask about experiences with sexual trauma, history of mental illnesses like depression, and investigate relationship issues that may exist. Additionally, your provider may request a blood test to measure hormone levels. It is essential to understand what components of desire are involved to determine appropriate treatments. Treatment options may include cognitive behavioral therapy (talk therapy), couples sex therapy, and / or medications (hormone therapy, Addyi).