Low libido, often referred to as low sex drive can be a symptom of another medical condition, but can also be a medical condition called hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD). A lowered sex drive does not in all cases mean that you’re suffering with HSDD. Because many issues can affect one’s interest in sex, it’s important to take them all into account before deciding there’s an identifiable condition that is creating this symptom.
At Advanced Gynecology, we take your concern for discretion seriously and assure you that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with discussing these issues with your doctor or specialist. Low libido is quite common in women, and there are many reasons you could experience it at some point in your life.
Common Reasons for Low Libido
Certain conditions and illnesses may affect a woman's sex drive including:
- High blood pressure
- Coronary artery disease
- Neurological diseases
- Taking SSRI medications for depression or other chemical imbalances
- Relationship problems
- Having undergone surgery
- High stress
- Low self esteem
- Past physical or sexual traumas
If you’re currently living with one or more of these conditions or situations which often underlie issues like a lowered sexual drive, talk to your doctor about how your symptoms are affecting your life currently and what you may be able to do to address those concerns.
Understanding Low Libido as HSDD
If you’re currently concerned about whether you may have HSDD, here are a few common indicators that you should consider when discussing the situation with your doctor. Hypoactive sexual desire disorder is often accompanied by:
- A decreased interest in sex
- A decrease in sexual desire
- Experiencing low sexual desire regardless of the level or type of sexual activity
- A feeling of worry or concern about this lack of sexual desire
- A feeling of dissatisfaction about one’s current level of sexual disinterest
When to See a Doctor for Low Libido
The point at which you become concerned about your current level of interest in or enjoyment of sex as it pertains to your health, you should talk to your doctor. If you are experiencing concerning side effects associated with other issues like pain during sex, irregular discharge or irregular bleeding, contact a healthcare professional immediately. If you feel this is an emergency, please dial 911 now.
We are always here to answer any questions you have about your health with concern and care.
Potential Care Options for Low Libido
Solving the underlying cause of your low libido may require behavioral, interventional or surgical treatment in some cases such as cancers or other serious conditions. Your doctor will give specific indications based on your unique health concerns.
If you’ve been diagnosed with HSDD specifically, speak with your doctor about what treatment options are right for you. There are FDA approved medications for HSDD such as Addyi, but whether you should pursue this course of action is something to consult your doctor about as there are many considerations involved when making a decision about prescribing any medication.
Find Help with Advanced Gynecology
If you're ready to seek counsel for your condition or have been experiencing low sex drive or common signs of HSDD, Advanced Gynecology is here for you.
Our board-certified team of women’s health experts are ready to help you with a range of options and will counsel you about the best options for you and your health.