Low Sexual Desire Disorder

  • Rory NewlandsEmail author
  • William T. O’Donohue


The aim of this chapter is to help health-care professionals understand low sexual desire disorder (“LSDD”)—the most common sexual dysfunction affecting both women and men (Simons & Carey, 2001)—assess for problems of sexual desire, and implement empirically supported interventions for LSDD. With research advances and widespread marketing for “the little blue pill,” sexual dysfunction has become increasingly visible. Despite increased public awareness, sexual dysfunction—particularly low desire—remains enigmatic and surrounded by stigma. Between 70 and 90% of Americans experiencing sexual dysfunction receive no treatment (Shifren et al., 2009). Many factors account for this treatment failure, including patients’ embarrassment talking about sexual issues (Montgomery, 2008), clinicians’ discomfort with the subject matter, and the low priority given to sexual medicine in the training of health-care professionals (Coleman et al., 2013).


Low sexual desire disorder Sexual dysfunction Hypoactive sexual desire disorder Female sexual interest/arousal disorder Male hypoactive sexual desire disorder 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Clinical PsychologyUniversity of NevadaRenoUSA

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