Sexual dysfunction and lack of sexual desire can be extremely disheartening for patients. Not only does it create emotional insecurities, it can generate discord in a relationship. Working with a compassionate gynecologist is the first step to determining what is causing the issues. It is important to point out that not every woman who suffers from a lack of sexual drive actually has hypoactive sexual disorder. There are many factors that can cause this issue.
Libido, or sex drive, is multi-factorial. Fatigue, discomfort or pain with intercourse, or issues with orgasm can be addressed with your gynecologist. Other factors can include general health, relationship issues, and being stressed or overextended.
Even when all these factors seem fine, a woman can have a low [female] testosterone level. This can be checked with blood work, and addressed with medication.
As health care providers who specialize in women’s health, we are regularly asked if there is anything our patients can do for a decreased libido. In August of 2015, the FDA approved Addyi, a prescription medication that has been shown to be effective in enhancing a woman’s sexual appetite. As exciting as this development might be, it is important to understand that Addyi might not be for everyone.
- Who should use Addyi – The medication was designed for premenopausal women who have been diagnosed with Hypoactive Sexual Disorder. This means that it is not a one-size-fits-all solution for women.
- Consistent usage – Unlike the male sexual enhancement drug, Viagra, which is used on-demand, Addyi must be taken every day. While Viagra works by increasing blood flow, Addyi impacts the neurotransmitters in your brain. This means that you will likely not see instant results, but rather after several weeks of usage.
- Physician certification – Addyi can only be prescribed by doctors who have completed and received online certification.