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Sexual Desire Disorders

Consist of a group of disorders. Specifically, Female Sexual Dysfunction (FSD) is divided into categories related to desire, orgasm, arousal and pain. All of the disorders have a common component, namely, that the problem causes a woman personal distress.

HYPOACTIVE SEXUAL DESIRE DISORDER - (Sexual Anhedonia) The ongoing lack of sexual fantasies or thoughts. A woman suffering with hypoactive sexual desire disorder does not have a desire for sex and is not interested in the sexual advances of her partner. This may also be called loss of libido.

SEXUAL AVERSION DISORDER - An ongoing severe fear or phobia of any sexual activity with a partner.

SEXUAL AROUSAL DISORDER - An ongoing problem staying sexually excited. The woman would like to have sex, but when she has sex, it is not pleasurable. May be due to decreased sensitivity in the genitals or lack of vaginal lubrication or wetness. Sexual Arousal Disorder may be caused by decreased blood flow to the vagina or clitoris.

ORGASMIC DISORDER - An ongoing problem related to having an orgasm. It may be difficult to have an orgasm or, if an orgasm is experienced, it may take a long time. Some women may not be able to reach orgasm at all. This problem occurs even though sexually stimulated and aroused.

Differential Diagnosis 

Some disorders have similar symptoms. The clinician, therefore, in his diagnostic attempt has to differentiate against the following disorders which need to be ruled out to establish a precise diagnosis.

Sexual, emotion or physical abuse
Drug or alcohol abuse.
Problems with self-esteem or body image.
Problems in your relationship with your partner.


Some women may think that Female Sexual Dysfunction is a normal consequence of childbirth, aging or menopause. This is not the case and the primary cause of is physical in nature and is not psychological. However, due to the very personal nature of Female Sexual Dysfunction, psychological factors may become involved as well.


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Vaginal lubrication products may also be used to increase lubrication due to vaginal dryness.

Counseling and Psychotherapy [ See Therapy Section ]:

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Pharmacotherapy [ See Psychopharmacology Section ] :

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DSM Code

To be identified

F66 Sexual Desire Disorders

Disorder Sheets

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