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FSIAD (Female Sexual Interest/Arousal Disorder)

Last updated June 23, 2020

Approved by: Maulik P. Purohit MD, MPH

Female Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD) is defined as a lack of desire for sex that leads to distress and interpersonal difficulties. HSDD is the most prevalent sexual disorder in women of all ages.


The topic FSIAD (Female Sexual Interest/Arousal Disorder) you are seeking is a synonym, or alternative name, or is closely related to the medical condition Female Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder.

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  • Female Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD) is defined as a lack of desire for sex that leads to distress and interpersonal difficulties. HSDD is the most prevalent sexual disorder in women of all ages
  • Surgically, post-menopausal women at 20-49 years of age are at a greater risk of being diagnosed with HSDD, compared to those who are naturally post-menopausal, pre-menopausal, and surgically post-menopausal of advanced age

Note: The term ‘surgical menopause’ refers to the condition (before normal menopause) when both the ovaries and/or the uterus are removed from a woman, due to various health reasons.

  • HSDD could be caused by a multitude of factors including fatigue, lack of connection with the partner, hormonal changes due to pregnancy, childbirth, or menopause, illness, psychological issues, etc.
  • The signs and symptoms of Female Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder include a lack of sexual desires and sexual fantasies, and distress for such shortcomings
  • A diagnosis of Diminished Sex Drive in Women due to HSDD may involve physical, hormonal and psychological evaluations
  • The treatment is usually geared toward individual needs, because HSDD could potentially have many causative factors
  • A majority of women benefit from treatment of the underlying causes for Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder

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First uploaded: July 7, 2017
Last updated: June 23, 2020