Avoiding sexual intimacy and feeling frustrated as a result can lead to self-esteem issues and cause problems in your relationship.
If this sounds familiar to some women, they need to know they’re not alone. These may be symptoms of a common and treatable health condition, called hypoactive sexual desire disorder, or HSDD.
One in ten women in the U.S. are estimated to have HSDD, a medical condition characterized by low sexual desire that causes a woman personal distress. That’s roughly the same percentage of women who have diabetes! While many women haven’t heard of the condition, it’s been known to the medical community for decades.
HSDD can make women avoid intimacy, leading to self-esteem issues and stress in their relationships. While it’s natural for women’s sexual desire to rise and fall over time, HSDD is different; it is biological and not a result of issues or unhappiness a woman may experience with their partner.
Many women are too embarrassed to tell their healthcare provider about this problem, but it’s nothing to be shy about. It’s something to learn about, and talk about with a health care provider. HSDD is a condition that can be handled with the proper care and treatment, if appropriate.
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