The Burden of HSDD
Learn about the emotional and psychological toll of HSDD and its impact on those affected

The burden of hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD)

HSDD can take a significant emotional and psychological toll1

As part of the Women’s International Study of Health and Sexuality (WISHeS), a survey was mailed to a US population sample. Among the 2050 women who completed the survey, 952 were in one of four groups (all had current sexual partners): surgically postmenopausal (20-49 years), premenopausal (20-49 years), surgically postmenopausal (50-70 years), or naturally postmenopausal (50-70 years).*

Percentage of women expressing negative feelings often, very often, or always as a result of their HSDD1:

Among 129 women with HSDD in the US cohort of WISHeS, the following feelings were reported by 70% or more of the respondents1:

  • 92%feel I was letting my partner down
  • 91%feel unhappy
  • 86%feel disappointed
  • 85%feel concerned
  • 81%feel frustrated
  • 80%feel sad
  • 78%feel upset
  • 75%feel inadequate
  • 74%feel troubled
  • 71%feel hopeless
  • Women with distressing low sexual desire can suffer negative psychosocial consequences1
    • 11Xmore likely to be dissatisfied with sex lives
    • 2.5Xmore likely to be dissatisfied with relationship

WISHeS showed that*…

More than
of women with HSDD are concerned, unhappy, and feel they are letting their partner down1

*The WISHeS survey was conducted February-May of 2000. The results depicted here are from a US cohort of 129 women with HSDD.

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Sharon J. Parish, MD, Weill Cornell Medical College, explains HSDD from the woman’s perspective.

Sharon J. Parish, MD, IF, NCMP
Weill Cornell Medical College

Dr. Parish is a consultant for AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Palatin Technologies, Inc.

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Reference: 1. Leiblum SR, Koochaki PE, Rodenberg CA, Barton IP, Rosen RC. Hypoactive sexual desire disorder in postmenopausal women: US results from the Women’s International Study of Health and Sexuality (WISHeS). Menopause. 2006;13(1):46‐56.

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