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Low Libido: A Common Issue
Sex can be one of the most enjoyable parts of your life. It may strengthen your relationship with your partner. It can also add excitement.
If you have a problem with low libido or sex drive, your sex life can suffer. You should know that you are not alone. In fact, the most commonly reported female complaint when seeing a doctor is increased or disordered sex drive. Medical surveys reveal that approximately 43% of all adult women suffer from what specialists consider various forms of sexual dysfunction. Although not nearly publicized as much as male erectile dysfunction, female sexual dysfunction and low sex drive are just as serious and common.
The definition given by specialists to female sexual dysfunction (FSD) is the consistent or inconsistent lack of sexual fantasies, desire and/or initiative in order to perform sexual intercourse, fact that leads to a state of personal distress or difficult interpersonal relationships. Female sexual dysfunction is also called hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSSD).
While there is considerable evidence that testosterone in women can increase sex drive after menopause, female sexual desire is not totally about hormones. A growing body of evidence - as well as most people's personal experience - tells us that emotional connection and good communication play key roles. Even for women whose biochemical profile and history make a strong case for hormone treatment, it is only a part of improving her sex life. Emotional and psychological components are still important aspects of female sexual desire.
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