Questions that can diagnose low sexual desire in women

April 6th, 2009 - 3:51 pm ICT by IANS  

Washington, April 6 (IANS) It takes only a few simple and quick questions to determine whether a woman has low sexual desire, says a new study.
The study enrolled 263 women at 27 centres throughout the US who 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 85.2 percent of the cases.

“This simple screening tool can be a great first line test to see if a woman has low sexual desire,” said Irwin Goldstein, study co-author and director of Sexual Medicine at Alvarado Hospital in San Diego, California.

Goldstein, also editor-in-chief of The Journal of Sexual Medicine, says that many health care professionals are often reluctant to talk to their patients about sexual health for several reasons.

The test can be answered with yes or no and includes questions like:

- Has there been a decrease in your level of sexual desire or interest?

- Are you bothered by your decreased level of sexual desire or interest?

- Would you like your level of sexual desire or interest to increase?

- Please check all the factors that you may feel may be contributing to your current decrease in sexual desire or interest:

-an operation, depression, injuries or other medical condition

- medication, drugs or alcohol you are currently taking

- pregnancy, recent childbirth, menopausal symptoms

- other sexual issues you may be having such as pain, decreased arousal or orgasm

- your partner’s sexual problems

- dissatisfaction with your relationship or partner

- stress or fatigue

If a woman says “yes” to questions 1-3 and “no” to the factors in question 4, then she may have generalised acquired low sexual desire, said an Alvarado release.

These findings were published this month in The Journal of Sexual Medicine.

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