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You have lost your previously higher libido. Now what to do?
Tell your therapist, physician, or nurse. Insist on a thorough evaluation.
Not all providers will be responsive or comfortable. Keep looking until you find a professional that works for you.
Women and men with low sexual desire may have a condition variously called sexual interest/arousal disorder or hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) or sexual arousal disorder or low libido.
Common causes of low sexual desire:
Emotional distress from work
Men and women with low libido (sex drive) can benefit from evaluation and treatment. Addressing the underlying medical or psychological issues improves sexual function in these individuals.
If low sexual desire causes marked distress or interpersonal difficulty in your life, please talk to your therapist, physician, psychologist, counselor, social worker, gynecologist, psychiatrist or other provider.
A team approach works best. Dr. Fuller will work with you and your team.
The evaluation of HSDD requires careful and thoughtful consideration of the person and the multiple components of sexual desire.
Treatment of sexual arousal disorder can be challenging. Primary care physicians may be too rushed to complete the necessary steps for evaluation and treatment. Most providers and physicians can make time if your request it. Let your wishes be known.
The treatment of low sexual desire in includes:
Correcting medical conditions
Treating psychiatric disorders
Changing or stopping medications that lower sexual desire
Medicine targeting the biology of low sexual libido
There are several medications that may potentially benefit men and women with sexual problems. Various therapies have been shown to increase the number of satisfying lovemaking sessions.