Inhibited sexual desire (ISD) is one of the most common sexual, interpersonal problems that burden a relationship. The primary reason for seeking treatment is if one partner feels that ISD is creating a problem with the relationship. Waiting for the problem to resolve itself, as many couples often do, may only aggravate the problem.
Specialists at the Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute are uniquely equipped with years of experience to resolve the problem, preserve marriages and enhance relationships. Inhibited sexual desire is also known as hypoactive sexual desire, sexual aversion, sexual apathy, and hypoactive sexual desire disorder. All these titles refer to an individual with low sexual interest, one who fails to initiate or respond to a partner’s desires.
ISD is often defined as primary, secondary, situational and general. Primary ISD is ISD that has been present for a number of years. In other words, the individual has never felt much sexual desire. Secondary ISD is ISD that has recently appeared. The individual once had sexual desire but no longer does. ISD may be situational in that a person may be aroused by others but not his or her partner. It may be general in that a person is not sexually interested in anyone.
In its most extreme form, an individual may find sex repulsive. The nature of the disorder may be dependent upon attitudes toward sex. One partner may feel that the other lacks sexual interest when in truth, the first partner may have a hyperactive sex drive and be very demanding.