low sexual desire

How Women Can Benefit from Treatment for Low Sexual Desire

In our last post, we laid out the reasons why women may experience low sexual desire. In this post, we will dive into the different treatment options for a woman who’s experiencing low sexual desire. 


There is nowhere to “get” sexual desire, and no medical intervention will cause it to occur. Women’s sexual desire naturally arises when many aspects of a woman’s thoughts, emotions, biology, and relational functioning are working well. 

Why Can Women Have Low Sexual Desire?


Low sexual desire in women is the most common presenting complaint in our practice. Research indicates that between 10-28% of women experience low sexual desire for a period of 6 months or longer, and experience the following symptoms:

  • Lack of interest in sex

  • Reduced or absent erotic thoughts

  • Lack of initiating or responding to sexual activity

  • Reduced pleasure during sex

  • Reduced or absent desire during sex

  • Reduction in genital and non-genital sensations

"I feel upset with my husband when he doesn’t help me with the household chores. How can I feel sexual desire for him when I have so many resentments about this?" –Female

Written by Kimberly Keiser

Great question, but first, here’s a little clinical information on low sexual desire!

Low sexual desire is the most common presenting sexual dysfunction in women. Symptoms associated with the DSM 5 Sexual Interest/Arousal Disorder include lack of interest in sex, fewer or no erotic thoughts, not initiating or responding to sexual activity, less pleasure during sex, and reduced sexual sensations. In order to receive a diagnosis of Sexual Interest/Arousal Disorder, a woman must experience distress caused by the symptoms associated with low sexual desire for at least six months.