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That’s the abbreviation for hypoactive sexual desire disorder. It’s a common, treatable medical condition characterized by ongoing low sexual desire that women find frustrating. (“hypoactive” means “low”)

If you’re diagnosed with “acquired, generalized” HSDD, it means you haven’t had low sexual desire in the past, but you now have low sexual desire, no matter the sexual activity, situation, or sexual partner.

If you’ve never heard of HSDD, you’re not alone. One survey showed that 72% of premenopausal women weren’t aware of HSDD,* even though about 10% of premenopausal women in the US have it.

Think you have symptoms of HSDD? Check it out.

*Kingsberg SA. Attitudinal survey of women living with low sexual desire. J Womens Health. 2014;23(10):817-823.

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