Barriers to Diagnosis
Low awareness/understanding of HSDD can keep women from seeking the help they need

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Based on a 2016 online survey of 1003 women between 20 and 49 years of age concerning their experiences and feelings regarding their low sexual desire…


of premenopausal women were aware of HSDD as a medical condition*1

*The 2016 industry-sponsored online survey was conducted by Burke Institute and supported by Palatin Technologies, Inc.

Based on an interim analysis of 724 women participating in the HSDD Registry for Women…

The most common reasons premenopausal women gave for delaying or not seeking help for a sexual desire problem†2

  • 67% thought it “would pass or be temporary”
  • 44% believed it was
    “a normal part of aging or a long-term relationship”
  • 47% believed it was “a personal/private matter”
  • 44% were “too embarrassed to discuss it”

Your patients with HSDD want to be heard, but it can be hard for many of them to speak up. By simply starting a conversation, you can make a real difference in their lives.

This interim analysis includes women participating in the HSDD Registry for Women as of October 1, 2009. The data described here are perceived barriers to help seeking for problems with decreased sexual desire in 544 premenopausal women in the Registry from 2008 to 2009.

In the PRESIDE study, a survey of 31,581 female adults conducted in the US to assess sexual problems of desire, arousal, and orgasm…

Main purpose of a visit when sexual problems were first discussed (N=1083)

Main purpose of a visit when sexual problems were first discussed (Pie chart) Main purpose of a visit when sexual problems were first discussed (Pie chart)

Over half of women who sought help for decreased sexual desire with distress did so during a routine physical exam‡3

Adapted from Shifren JL et al. J Womens Health. 2009;18(4):461-468. ©2009 with permission from Mary Ann Leibert, Inc.

PRESIDE=Prevalence of Female Sexual Problems Associated with Distress and Determinants of Treatment Seeking.

PRESIDE is a cross-sectional, population-based survey of women aged 18 years and older in the United States. The purpose was to estimate the prevalence of self-reported sexual problems of desire, arousal, and orgasm, the prevalence of sexually related personal distress, and their combination, and to identify associated factors.

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References: 1. Data on file. AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 2. Maserejian NN, Parish S, Shifren JL, Huang L, Gerstenberger E, Rosen RC. Healthcare utilization in women diagnosed with hypoactive sexual desire disorder: interim baseline results from the HSDD registry for women. J Womens Health. 2010;19(11):2001‐2009. 3. Shifren JL, Johannes CB, Monz BU, Russo PA, Bennett L, Rosen R. Help‐seeking behavior of women with self‐reported distressing sexual problems. J Womens Health. 2009;18(4):461‐468.

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