Hypoactive sexual desire disorder

Definition of Hypoactive sexual desire disorder

Hypoactive sexual desire disorder refers to persistently or recurrently deficient (or absent) sexual fantasies and desire for sexual activity.

Male hypoactive sexual desire disorder

According to the DSM-5, men who experience hypoactive sexual desire disorder have "persistently or recurrently deficient (or absent) sexual/erotic thoughts or fantasies and desire for sexual activity."

Female hypoactive sexual desire disorder

Hypoactive sexual desire disorder

In women, there is a "lack of, or significantly reduced, sexual interest/arousal", manifesting as at least three of the following symptoms:

  • No or little interest in sexual activity,
  • No or few sexual thoughts,
  • No or few attempts to initiate sexual activity or respond to partner's initiation,
  • No or little sexual pleasure/excitement in 75% to 100% of sexual experiences,
  • No or little sexual interest in internal or external erotic stimuli,
  • No or few sensations in 75% to 100% of sexual experiences.

Treatment

There is no systematic treatment for a lack of sex drive. The best treatment is determined on a case by case basis.