Managing low sexual desire in women

Womens Health (Lond). 2011 Sep;7(5):571-81; quiz 582-3. doi: 10.2217/whe.11.54.


Low sexual desire is a prevalent symptom, but not one frequently volunteered by women. When accompanied by distress, loss of libido is known as hypoactive sexual desire disorder, which can have a significant impact on a woman's wellbeing. The etiology of hypoactive sexual desire disorder is multifactorial and its management requires a combination of psychosocial and pharmacological interventions. This article outlines the assessment of patients presenting with the symptom of low sexual desire and discusses the evidence for pharmacological management.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bupropion / therapeutic use
  • Dopamine Uptake Inhibitors / therapeutic use
  • Education, Medical, Continuing
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Libido
  • Menopause / physiology
  • Menopause / psychology
  • Sexual Dysfunctions, Psychological* / diagnosis
  • Sexual Dysfunctions, Psychological* / drug therapy
  • Sexual Dysfunctions, Psychological* / epidemiology
  • Sexual Dysfunctions, Psychological* / etiology
  • Sexual Dysfunctions, Psychological* / psychology
  • Women's Health


  • Dopamine Uptake Inhibitors
  • Bupropion