A Little Health... Low Sexual Desire

 A person’s sex life is a private matter.  Discussing sexual desire, even with a health care professional, can often be uncomfortable.  But it doesn’t have to be. 

The topic of sexual health and addressing low sexual desire was a major focus of a conference I recently attended.  I would like to share a few pearls that I obtained from the lectures.

First, ask a thousand different people what is normal in regards to sexual behavior and you are likely to get a thousand different answers.  What is normal to one person is not necessarily normal for another person.  This is true in reference to frequency, safe sex practices, habits, etc.  So don’t be overly concerned about conforming to the “normal”.  It doesn’t exist!!

Second, just because you have low sexual desire, doesn’t mean there is a major problem.  The definition of hypoactive sexual desire disorder is the persistent or recurrent deficiency (or absence) of sexual fantasies, thoughts and/or desire for, or receptivity to, sexual activity which causes personal distress.  You may have a deficiency or absence of sexual related activities, but if it doesn’t bother you, there isn’t a problem. 

Third, there a dozens of factors that contribute to low sexual desire.  Many are related to life situations, i.e. birth of a child, job stress, schooling, etc.  Others are related to age.  And sometimes, medications can impact sexual function.  Discovering what causes the sexual dysfunction is key to  finding an effective treatment.

Fourth, many women (and men) feel that there is nothing that can be done to solve their problem.  This is a false notion.  There are many treatment options, which are based upon the cause of the problem.  If you are experiencing issues with sexual desire I would encourage you to talk to your health care provider.  This is our job.  We are trained to discuss these delicate subjects with our patients and find a solution that best fits our patient’s needs.

So if you are suffering from a diminished sexual appetite, don’t be afraid!  Talk to your health care provider and find a solution that is custom fit to your needs.  

(editors' note:  this is also a topic to discuss with your mental health professional - as a tag team effort!)

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