Spring-boarding on the hunch that low sexual desire is a common yet underreported occurrence in both pre- and post-menopausal women, researchers in New York found that women are not always aware that solutions exist.
Researchers conducted an online survey of 450 women in the US aged 20 to 60, of which 308 were pre-menopausal and 144 were post-menopausal.
All had reported low sexual desire and said it caused them some degree of personal distress, which researchers say describes approximately 10% of women, presumably in the US.
Over 90% of survey respondents said they would like to have sex more often and 95% said that just one or two more sexual experiences per month would improve their quality of life.
Despite the high levels of distress reported concerning self-image and interpersonal relationships, 72% of pre-menopausal women and 67% of post-menopausal women reported not seeking help, either because they were not aware that solutions exist, or because they were not aware that healthcare professionals would consider it a problem.
The study was published in the Journal of Women's Health.
Susan G Kornstein, MD, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Women's Health, said the study points to the importance of recognizing female sexual function "as an integral part of health and well-being."