Treatment of HSDD

Treatment of HSDD

Yuvraj Arora

By Dr Yuvraj Arora , Sexology

It is not a rare phenomenon, and unlike erectile dysfunction in males, HSDD is a serious problem that stems from complex medical issues: most often a combination of physical as well as mental and psychological complications.

HSDD or Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder is the medical term for a lack of sexual desire and is a form of sexual dysfunction in females.

Causes of HSDD-

There are numerous causes which lead to this disorder. Here are a few notable reasons:

  1. Low Testosterone Levels
  2. Clinical Depression
  3. Socio-cultural influences like peer pressure and media
  4. Interpersonal Relationship Issues
  5. Menopause and Menopausal symptoms like hot flashes, insomnia etc.
  6. Certain antidepressants and blood pressure reducing drugs
  7. Advancing age
  8. Disorders related to Menstruation

Treatment of HSDD-

After evaluating and assessing the factors responsible for low sexual desire, there are a number of ways with which you can treat the problem:

  1. Relationship Counseling and Sex Therapy: HSDD naturally affects both members in a relationship, thus making it more necessary to confront the problem through proper consultation with a sexual therapist or counsellor.
  2. Testosterone Therapy: In order to raise the level of testosterone back to ordinary pre-menopausal levels, the hormone is given artificially.
  3. Change your Medication: A change of prescription medicines or an alteration in dosage of certain medicines can prove to be helpful. Further, if oral contraceptives are the reason behind the low levels of testosterone, your doctor may also prescribe non-hormonal birth control methods.
  4. Estrogen Therapy: Estrogen is given as a part of hormone replacement therapy during menopause. After menopause, vaginal estrogens may be prescribed to eliminate the problem of vaginal dryness.
  5. Surgical Procedures: There are other medical conditions which cause sexual dysfunction and these may require surgical treatment, for example, surgery of fibroids.