Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder

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Women with Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD) complain of a low interest in general sexual activities.

There are currently no empirically validated treatments for HSDD. Sex therapy techniques generally consist of 15 to 45 sessions of cognitive therapy aimed at restructuring thoughts or beliefs that may adversely impact sexual desire (e.g., "women should not initiate sexual activities," "sex is dirty") and to address negative underlying relationship issues. Behavioral approaches are utilized to teach patients to express intimacy and affection in both nonsexual (e.g., holding hands, hugging) and sexual ways, to incorporate new techniques into their sexual repertoire that may enhance their sexual pleasure, and to increase sexual communication. Testosterone is effective in restoring sexual desire in women with abnormally low testosterone levels (e.g., secondary to removal of the adrenal glands, bilateral removal of the ovaries, menopause).

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