Low Libido

  • John P. Mulhall
  • Peter J. Stahl
  • Doron S. Stember


(A) Hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD), or low libido, is defined as the persistent or recurrent absence or deficiency of sexual fantasies and a desire for sexual activity that causes marked distress or interpersonal difficulty. There is a subtle difference between intellectual and visceral libido. Some men may report intellectually desiring a sex life, but this should not be confused by the practitioner for true libido or “sexual hunger.”


Luteinizing Hormone Pituitary Tumor Body Dysmorphic Disorder Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder Body Dysmorphic Disorder 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John P. Mulhall
    • 1
  • Peter J. Stahl
    • 2
  • Doron S. Stember
    • 3
  1. 1.Sexual and Reprodictive Medicine Program Department of Surgery Division of Urology, Department of SurgeryMemorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer CenterNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of UrologyColumbia University College of Physicians & SurgeonsNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.Department of UrologyBeth Israel Medical Center Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva UniversityNew YorkUSA

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