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Treatment of Male Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder

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Abstract

Male hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) is a crucial issue that has been understudied clinically and empirically. Secondary HSDD is much more common and is typically caused by erectile dysfunction. The man has lost confidence in erections, intercourse, and orgasms; as a result, he avoids all types of sensual and sexual touch. When couples stop being sexual after age 50, it is almost always the man’s choice, which he conveys nonverbally. Primary HSDD typically involves a sexual secret, such as a variant arousal pattern, preference for masturbatory sex, or a sexual trauma history.

This chapter advocates for a comprehensive couple biopsychosocial approach to assessment, treatment, and relapse prevention, rather than a biomedical stand-alone approach. The new sexual mantra is desire/pleasure/eroticism/satisfaction with strong, resilient sexual desire as the core dimension. The Good Enough Sex (GES) model replaces the traditional perfect individual erection and intercourse performance model. GES promotes sexual desire and satisfaction for the man and couple.

Keywords

Biopsychosocial model of assessment and treatment Hypoactive sexual desire disorder Low sexual desire Inhibited sexual desire Primary and secondary HSDD Good enough sex (GES) model Case study 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.American UniversityWashington, DCUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyAmerican UniversityWashington, DCUSA

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