It’s not unusual for a woman’s libido drop from time to time. Hormonal changes, medication side effects, and stress can all dampen sex drive. But these periods are usually temporary and libido returns.
HSDD is chronic and causes great distress for both women and their partners. A woman may not know why she’s lost her sex drive. Her partner might become frustrated and worry about the fate of the relationship.
Having no interest in any type of sexual activity with your partner
Having no interest in sexual activity with yourself, such as masturbation
Never or rarely having sexual thoughts or fantasies
Being concerned about your lack of sex drive or sexual thoughts and fantasies
What Causes HSDD?
Anxiety or depression
Issues with your body image
Sexual abuse or trauma in your past
Low sex hormone levels
Medical problems like cancer, diabetes, heart problems, multiple sclerosis, or bladder problems
Medicines like antidepressants, blood pressure medicines, chemotherapy, and feminizing hormone therapy
Recent pregnancy, delivery or breastfeeding
Once you’ve mentioned this, there are a number of tests your doctor can do to help pinpoint the problem behind your lack of sexual desire. This includes a questionnaire about your sexual desire and running blood tests to check your hormone levels to see if there’s a medical condition causing HSDD such as a thyroid disorder, diabetes, or high cholesterol.