Should Low Sexual Desire in Women Be Treated as a Mental Illness?

Low sexual desire in women is a touchy thing. Women can experience ups and downs in their libido based on what is going on in their daily life, relationship, and their body. Typically, when everything is going well, the female sex drive is good, but when things are not going so well, or the woman is experiencing a major change in her life or body, low sexual desire tends to pay a visit.

Low sexual desire in women has a number of causes, including but not limited to:

  • Stress of any kind
  • Exhaustion
  • Recent childbirth
  • Illness/Disease
  • Unstable mental health or emotional problems
  • Menopause
  • Relationship issues
  • Financial issues
  • Disaster/Tragedy
  • Self-esteem


In many cases, once the root cause of low sexual desire in women is discovered and resolved, the female libido returns to normal. In other cases, the situation may require the assistance of an experienced sexologist. Low sexual desire in women is not the end of the world. It does not make a woman worthless or undesirable, and typically, there are treatment options and strategies to combat the problem. The focus of this article is treatment for low sexual desire in women.

Some experts are now saying that a lack of desire in women might be a form of mental illness. This is a hot debate, especially with regard to treating the condition with medication.


So, is it a Mental Illness or Not?


Not all female libido problems can be attributed to a mental disorder. There are too many factors and causes to lump every instance into a single mental illness category. One aspect of this sizzling debate is that ideas drawn from a hypersexed culture will have women experiencing low libido being told that they are not normal and are mentally ill, but hey, there is a pill for that. The mental condition at the heart of this debate is Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD). Flibanserin, manufactured by German pharmaceutical company Boehringer, is the pill being proverbially shoved down throats under the guise of the miracle sex pill – a female Viagra of sorts.


HSDD is definitely a real condition, but it is diagnostically limited. It is not an all-encompassing, collect all for female sexual dysfunction. That would be too simple; too neat and tidy. The causes of sexual dysfunction, much like the causes and symptoms of other conditions, are anything by simple, neat, and tidy. The danger of a collect all diagnosis is that the root cause is more or less ignored for the sake of a quick and easy diagnosis, followed by prescription treatment. The approach cannot possibly be effective for all cases of low sexual desire in women.


A Better Approach


Reiterating the fact that HSDD is real but cannot serve to explain every case of female low sexual desire, a much better approach exists. While those whose loss of desire is found to be the result of mental illness can fit into the mold of HSDD, other patients need a more customized approach. Finding the root cause of the problem and treating with counseling and strategic methods for overcoming the issue can help many women to regain a normal sex life. Pills like Flibanserin are not completely bad. IN some cases, they may be the answer. However, pills do not address underlying issues and should not be the only treatment approach. Pills should be a last resort for treating low sexual desire in women, and medication should be coupled with other therapeutic options.

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