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If you’re hearing the term “hypoactive sexual desire disorder” (HSDD) for the first time, you’re in good company. HSDD has been known to the medical community for decades, but for a lot of us, the condition has been pretty much under the radar. Not to worry—you can get some HSDD basics right here.

HSDD is a real medical condition
Defined as ongoing low sexual desire that women find frustrating, HSDD has been a recognized condition for decades. It’s believed to be the result of an imbalance of certain chemicals in the brain that are responsible for regulating sexual desire.

HSDD is not “just in your head”
Even so, a study of almost 4,000 women showed that many didn’t seek help for low sexual desire because they were afraid that they wouldn’t be taken seriously.

And while it’s natural for a woman’s sexual desire to rise and fall over the years, that’s not the same thing as HSDD. And a woman doesn’t have HSDD just because she’s unhappy with her partner, either. In fact, many women who have HSDD feel guilty and worry that they’re not being as good of a partner as they once were.

 HSDD is common
HSDD is the most common female sexual dysfunction, affecting millions of women, some as young as 20. It’s estimated that 1 in 10 women in the US has HSDD. To put that in perspective, that’s about the same percentage of US women who have diabetes.

 HSDD is not something to hide
It certainly shouldn’t be, when you consider how many women are affected by it. If you have low sexual desire that frustrates you, whether or not you’ve been diagnosed with HSDD, you don’t have to keep it a secret. Especially not here. unblush is a community. We get what you’re going through. And we want to help you take steps to get your sexual desire back.