INHIBITED DESIRE

Sexual Desire

Concerns around levels of sexual desire are common and may be about too much, too little or none at all. Everyone is different and these differences should be valued, honoured and accepted. There is no one-way of being, and sex therapy can help couples to find ways of managing their differences.

Inhibited Sex Desire

This condition is also called hypoactive sexual desire disorder, sexual aversion or sexual apathy. Also commonly referred to as Inhibited Sexual Desire (ISD).

It’s often linked to professional and personal stress, or important life-changing events such as pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding.

However, an unexpected loss of libido – especially when it lasts for a long time or keeps returning – can also indicate an underlying personal, medical or lifestyle problem, which can be upsetting to both partners in a relationship.

If you’re concerned about your libido, especially if your diminished sex drive distresses you or affects your relationship, make an appointment to discuss any underlying causes and possible medical or psychological treatments.

Inhibited sexual desire is one of the most common problems couples face today. It can be seen as either a primary or a secondary condition. For treatment purposes, this is an important distinction.

  • Primary: The person with inhibited sexual desire has never had sexual desire
  • Secondary: The person with inhibited sexual desire began a relationship with normal sexual desire, but later became disinterested
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