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Low-Libido Women Can Read Their Way to Greater Sexual Desire

Low-Libido Women Can Read Their Way to Greater Sexual Desire

For decades, sexologists have documented the substantial proportion of women who complain of low libido, known clinically as hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD). Two landmark studies by University of Chicago researchers show that low or no desire afflicts approximately one-third of women age 18 to 74, and half of those 75 and older. HSDD is a big deal. In the psychological, sexological, and medical literature, it’s the subject of more than 1,500 studies. It’s possible to resolve HSDD in women, but sex therapists generally agree it’s not easy to treat. Approaches include self-help books, psychotherapy, sex therapy, mindfulness, cannabis, and two prescription drugs—flibanserin (Addyi) and bremelanotide (Vylessi). My reading of the research suggests that the most cost-effective approach is self-help books, including: A Tired Woman’s Guide to Passionate Sex by University of Florida psychology professor Laurie B. Mintz, Wanting Sex Again by sex therapist Laurie J. Watson, and Reclaiming Your Sexual Self by sex therapist Kathryn Hall. But a study by Laurie Mintz and colleagues shows that for many women, another type of book works …