Let's talk about Low Sexual Desire.

Researchers estimate that Female Sexual Dysfunction affects anywhere from 5 to 6 million premenopausal women in the United States. Yet it is an under-diagnosed problem, with only a small percentage of those affected receiving treatment.

HSDD is diagnosed “hypoactive sexual desire disorder.”

“hypoactive” means “low”

Extra medically sounding term for low sexual desire.

Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder is a medical condition for Female Sexual Dysfunction. With HSDD, there is a persistent loss of interest in sex, but this condition impacts brain function vs. traditional ED medication for men.

HSDD can be frustrating for a woman and her partner, but do not worry!

This is a treatable condition and women have the ability to return to a healthy, satisfying sex life.

If you have not heard of HSDD, most women have not. One survey run by MacDonald Women’s Hospital. showed that 72% of premenopausal women were not aware of female dysfunction, even though close to 10% of premenopausal women in the US have it. It’s simply under-diagnosed. Study, Source

Yes, it’s totally normal to not feel ‘in the mood’ to jump onto of your partner. If you’re stressed out or tired from work or caring for the kids, of course, it’s tough to ‘flip the horny switch’ to ON. But there could be something medically wrong holding back those urges for a healthy sex life.

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In 2019, Women’s Health & Cosmopolitan surveyed 1,686 women between 25 to 49 about how things were going in the bedroom and how important sex was to these ladies.

64% had signs of HSDD citing not knowing why they were not in the mood and “feeling like sex was a chore.”

These desire disorders led 35% to question their self-confidence, 27% disappointment in themselves, and 24% pure awkward anxiety of the unknown.

Take a mental polaroid of those percentages above and follow along…

50% of the women spoke with someone close about their sexual dysfunction, however, only 24% spoke with their doctor about the issue because the women didn’t feel it was important or assumed this ‘new normal’ is just something premenopausal women deal with.

1% were clinical diagnosed. When you compare these percentages to how often men are diagnosed, it is clear to see there is a under-diagnosis crisis on our hands. Crisis may be too harsh, but we like to spice up our site with some Bravo level drama from time-to-time…

Obviously, interest in sex fluctuates periodically in women and men, but identifying your Sexual Wellness Score as part of your routine check-up is certainly important.

What is Female Sexual Dysfunction?

The brain is responsible for sexual desire. Women diagnosed with HSDD have clinically lower neurotransmitter activity in the part of the brain that ignites sexual urges.

HSDD decreases arousal, which leads to a lack of readiness (wetness) when the time comes for intercourse. Study

In 2007, 2,467 responders aged between 20 and 70, capturing women with surgical and natural menopausal status and those with premenopausal status. directly correlated with increasing age. One glaring finding was low Testosterone, which showed to be a significant cause of HSDD. Study

Female sexual dysfunction is divided into 4 categories: 

  1. Sexual arousal or desire
  2. Interest
  3. Orgasm and
  4. Dyspareunia (like, vaginal dryness).

How do you know if you have HSDD?

Why is HSDD underdiagnosed and undertreated?

There is a lack of communication and open dialog between women and most healthcare providers. For the patient, it may be an awkward topic. 

Similar to male ED treatments, before erectile dysfunction drugs for men hit the market in the ’90s, having performance issues “was very hush-hush and shameful to admit,” says Diane Todd Pace, Ph.D., a nurse and menopause specialist at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

While there are conversations on the topic of sex life doing on in the exam room, perhaps its time to expand the conversation beyond the basic Q&A about…

“how often are you having sex?” to “how often do you feel sexual desire or interest?”

We feel like an open and honest conversations goes a long way with our providers. We want you to feel confident in your abilities to handle sexual health issues.

Perhaps some women believe that “nice girls” aren’t supposed to want to have sex or that their sexual needs aren’t important.

Sex is an incredibly important part of a healthy relationship.

Do it for your mans, or Bae, or Partner, or Spouse, or husband, or one-night-stand.. Do it for yourself!

How is HSDD diagnosed?

Rise Her Health uses a Sexual Wellness Score to diagnose Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder in Women.

Our Diagnostic Quiz is based on The Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI), which was created by a team of Doctors to determine the feelings and mental strain women typically experience. FSFI

We treat women Online via Telemedicine anywhere in Texas or in our Roanoke, Texas Clinic.

Call us at: (817) 900-0304 or book an appointment online.

What can I do to treat my HSDD?

Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder is treatable with Compounded Generic Bremelanotide (PT-141) Injections or with named-brand: Vyleesi®, the first and only FDA-approved as-needed auto-injectable medication for premenopausal women.

It’s the Female “Little Blue Pill!”

There is also name-brand oral medication called, Addyi ®  – the Generic pill is flibanserin.

What is Bremelanotide (PT-141)?

Unlike Viagra or Cialis, Bremelanotide (PT-141) is not a blood flow promoter, and it does not target the vascular system. Instead, it triggers parts of the brain that’s holding back sexual desire. The amino acid formula stimulates natural activation of neurons to increase sexual drive.

Vyleesi is a name-brand of Bremelanotide or PT-141 Injections.

How is Vyleesi administered?

Medication is injected subcutaneous (sometimes called “Sub-Q”) fatty layer of tissue just under the skin.

Unlike oral medication, the self-injectables are prescribed at least 45 minutes before you want to have sex.

In 2016, a group of medical leaders came together to define Definition female sexual dysfunctions for the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH). The team modernized how medical professionals should care for “desire disorders” as a valid diagnosis.

The ISSWSH’s modern medical definitions include HSDD (hypoactive sexual desire disorder), female genital arousal disorder, persistent genital arousal disorder, female orgasmic disorder, pleasure dissociative orgasm disorder, and female orgasmic illness syndrome. Study, Study

What Are the Potential Side Effects of taking Bremelanotide (PT-141)?

It’s important to understand any side effects that some women taking this medication may experience. It’s important to note that they are similar to Sildenafil (Viagra) and Tadalafil (Cialis) for Men.

The most common side effects of Bremelanotide (PT-141) or Vyleesi include: 

Nausea. Nausea is common and can also be severe. Nausea most commonly happens after the first Bremelanotide (PT-141) or Vyleesi injection but can also happen after any dose. The nausea usually lasts for about 2 hours but can last longer in some people. The nausea usually goes away by itself. Tell our Rise Providers if you have nausea that is severe or does not go away.

Temporary increase in blood pressure and decrease in heart rate: An increase in blood pressure and decrease in heart rate can happen shortly after you inject Bremelanotide (PT-141) or Vyleesi. These changes usually go away within 12 hours after your injection. Increases in blood pressure and an increased risk of heart (cardiovascular) problems can happen if you use Bremelanotide (PT-141) or Vyleesi more often than prescribed by the Provider.

Other side effect are: flushing, injection site reactions, headache, vomiting, cough, fatigue, hot flush, tingling, dizziness, and nasal congestion. These are not all the possible side effects of Bremelanotide (PT-141) or Vyleesi.

Do not use Bremelanotide (PT-141) or Vyleesi if you have:

  • high blood pressure that is not controlled (uncontrolled hypertension)
  • known heart (cardiovascular) disease

Before using Bremelanotide (PT-141) or Vyleesi, tell our Rise Providers about all of your medical conditions, including if you have:

  • High blood pressure.
  • Heart problems.
  • Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if Bremelanotide (PT-141) or Vyleesi will harm your unborn baby.
  • Have kidney problems.
  • Have liver problems.
  • Women who can become pregnant should use effective birth control during treatment with Bremelanotide (PT-141) or Vyleesi.

Tell our Rise Providers about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Bremelanotide (PT-141) or Vyleesi may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect the way Bremelanotide (PT-141) or Vyleesi works.

Do not inject more than 1 dose of Bremelanotide (PT-141) or Vyleesi within 24 hours of your last dose.

Do not inject more than 8 doses of Bremelanotide (PT-141) or Vyleesi within a month.

Darkening of the skin on certain parts of the body (focal hyperpigmentation) including the face, gums (gingiva) and breast. The chance of darkening of the skin is increased in people with darker skin color. The chance of darkening of the skin is higher if Bremelanotide (PT-141) or Vyleesi is used every day.

Bremelanotide (PT-141) or Vyleesi is not for the treatment of HSDD in women who have gone through menopause or in men.
Bremelanotide (PT-141) or Vyleesi is not for use to improve sexual performance.
Bremelanotide (PT-141) or Vyleesi is not for use in children.

If you have any questions or concerns about these side effects or interested in setting up a consultation, we encourage you to call or email us. If your side effects are severe, call 911 or go to your nearest urgent care facility.

We treat women Online via Telemedicine anywhere in Texas or in our Roanoke, Texas Clinic.

Call us at: (817) 900-0304 or book an appointment online.

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