What is Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder?

by Nick Swanson

Sex is a big part of human life, for better or for worse. For most of the world, it’s something that’s enjoyed and looked forward to. However, some men and women suffer from a condition known as Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder, or HSDD. Essentially, this condition is an outright lack of sexual desire or sexual fantasies. In short, those suffering from the condition have absolutely no interest in sex whatsoever or have a limited sexual desire.

What is Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder?

There are two main types of HSDD General and Situational. The big difference is that the General form of the condition is a lack of sexual desire in general, while Situational sufferers still have some sexual desire, but have no sexual desire for their current romantic partner. The two are obviously very different from one another.

There are also two additional classifications of this condition that are worth noting:

  • Acquired – Acquired Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder is present when a person has previously held sexual desires but has suddenly or gradually lost interest in sex.
  • Lifelong – Lifelong HSDD is present when a person has never truly had any interest in sexual activity or desire.

There are a few different causes of the condition. These could include:

  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Psychiatric problems
  • Imbalances in neurotransmitter activity in the brain
  • Heavy drug or alcohol use
  • Relationship problems

For most, treating and overcoming HSDD really comes down to simply identifying and managing the root cause of the problem. Shortages of testosterone, for instance, require hormone replacement therapy. Relationship counseling could help in cases where the condition is situational. It can be a complex process to treat and overcome the issue since so many different factors may exist which contribute to its presence.

Obviously, the long term effects of HSDD can be profound. Those who are in relationships will likely find that their relationship suffers tremendously as a result of this problem. It can also impede one’s ability to live a normal life. However, it’s worth noting that those with lifelong HSDD often report being fully satisfied in their life in every way and it isn’t uncommon for one to continue going through their life without treatment. For those with acquired HSDD, the situation can be much more difficult since it will involve a change to their sexual desire that they and their partners are far from accustomed to.

Sexual desire is a big part of one’s life, and of any healthy relationship. As a result, it’s important to deal with issues like HSDD and overcome it.