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The Aging Process and Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder

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Aging and sex are topics most women do not want to talk about. Not to mention, low libido, menopause and aging are all complex issue for women.

It's estimated that 43 percent of women ages 19-59 suffer from some form of female sexual dysfunction. Hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) is the most common of the recognized female sexual disorders. Worldwide, millions of women suffer from decreased libido and sexual desire as a result of HSDD. HSDD affects women of all ages and race and can last for a short period or a number of years.

While the symptoms of HSDD are well known, the causes of HSDD are not yet completely understood or explained. In many cases, women may never know for sure what caused their HSDD, although they can still cure their HSDD and resume happy, active sex lives.

Before Viagra, many believed male sexual problems were psychological. Once Viagra and other medications hit the scene and were shown to be effective at helping men remain sexually active, no one continued to believe that stress and other mental factors alone could lead to erectile dysfunction.

Get ready to see the same progression for women.

Up to now, low libido in women was thought by some to be linked to emotional and psychological problems. As more research is being done in the area of female sexual dysfunction, it is becoming clear that female sexual problems, like low libido, have more to do with biology than psychology.

Libido is probably determined by a whole range of complex psychological and physiological factors. In addition, there has not been much research on libido, menopause and aging.

Also, how women perceive themselves as they age greatly impacts sexual desire. In our culture, we are constantly exposed to images of youth. As we age, there is little to reassure women that they are still sexually attractive and beautiful. Because of this, women may lose interest in sex as they age. Talking about these emotions with your sexual partner can help relieve some of the stress around body image and aging.

Some may say that women keep information about their sex lives and sexual satisfaction in a black box.

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