"If it's working for them and/or their partner, there is no problem." But when a woman experiences a significant decrease in interest in sex that is having an effect on her life and is causing distress, then it's considered a problem of low sexual desire or HSDD.Kingsberg says that sexual desire is more than just an issue of low libido or sex drive.
"Although we would love to simplify it so we could have the one-two or even a one-punch treatment, it doesn't tend to work that way." But the introduction of anti-impotence treatments in the last few years has spurred more research into the causes of sexual dysfunction among both men and women, and effective therapies are available to help put the lust back into women's lives.
"Above and beyond horniness, it is the sense of intimacy in the relationship," says Kingsberg.
"If you are mad at your spouse, you could be horny but you're not going want to be sexual with that particular person." Therefore, all of these aspects of sexual desire must be examined in order to determine the root of the problem.
"For example, from 1990 to 1999, nearly 5,000 studies were published on male sexual function, but there were only 2,000 women's studies," says Greenberger.
But experts say research into women's sexual function is slowly catching up in the post-Viagra era.