Five simple and quick questions may help determine if a woman has low sexual desire (hypoactive sexual desire disorder), according to a study in The Journal of Sexual Medicine. The study enrolled 263 women at 27 centers throughout the United States. The women took the decreased sexual desire screening test and their answers were reviewed with a clinician who was not an expert in female sexual desire.
Separately and while being unaware of the non-expert clinician’s opinion, an expert in female sexual dysfunction conducted a standard diagnostic interview with the study participant. The results found that the decreased sexual desire screening tool and standard diagnostic interview were in agreement in 85% of the cases.
"This simple screening tool can be a great first line test to see if a women has low sexual desire,” said Dr. Irwin Goldstein, co-author of the study and director of the sexual medicine program at Alvarado Hospital in San Diego ― the first hospital-based sexual medicine program in the U.S. "I am encouraged that this study may help improve the dialogue about a woman’s sexual health in the doctor’s office.”
Dr. Goldstein, who serves as editor-in-chief of The Journal of Sexual Medicine, said that many healthcare professionals are reluctant to talk to their patients about sexual health because of limited time with a patient, lack of training, embarrassment, or the absence of effective treatment options for women.
The test consists of the following questions that women answer with yes or
Please check all the factors that you may feel may be contributing to your current decrease in sexual desire or interest:
If a woman says "no” to any of the questions in 1-4, then she does not qualify for the diagnosis of generalized acquired low sexual function. If the women answers "yes” to questions 1-4 and "no” to th