Dr. Giraldi discusses normal female sexual desire.
Oh you can’t define that. I think you don’t know what is normal so I think what we do is that put out to the women and they have something that’s distressing for them. So the strange thing about having sexual problems in I guess both the men and women but especially in women are that, what could be normal for me is not normal for my neighbor. So I think it’s a very individual thing that you have to find out.
What are the expectations? Are they within a range that can be so-called normal, or is it you are just expecting something that’s not realistic? But what is normal is very difficult to say. So I think you have to talk to a woman and find out is this really a problem, and does it makes sense that it is the problem for her, and then you could say this is not what it’s supposed to be for her.
So I don’t think you can say what is normal. We have some kind of data saying this is what most women do but that doesn’t usually make it normal. I think it’s so difficult to answer because sexuality is influenced by so many different aspects. So if you are working ten hours a day and have five children at home, I would say it’s normal not have sexual desire. So I think normal is very difficult to define and I think that’s one of the most common asked questions.
About Dr. Giraldi, M.D., Ph.D.:
Dr. Annamaria Giraldi, M.D., Ph.D., specializes in female sexual dysfunction. Her research interests include the connection between diseases and female sexual function, and the treatment of sexual desire problems in women.
Dr. Giraldi is associate editor for The Journal of Sexual Medicine. She is a member of the European Society for Sexual Medicine and the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health.