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Therapy of Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder in Postmenopausal Women: A Functional Food Approach

Leila Sadeghi, Francesca Rotunno, Petra Stute, Helena Jenzer

Health Division, aR&D Nutrition & Dietetics, Bern University of Applied Sciences, Bern, Switzerland

Med Sci Rev 2016; 3:8-22

DOI: 10.12659/MSRev.897093

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Published: 2016-03-04


ABSTRACT: Hypoactive sexual desire disorder is the persistent or recurrent deficiency of sexual fantasies/thoughts, and/or desire for, or receptivity to, sexual activity that causes personal distress. In Europe, HSDD is reported to have a prevalence of 7–16%. The increasing worldwide prevalence of HSDD, especially after menopause, is a major public health concern. It has been demonstrated in large-scale surveys that sexual satisfaction in women is associated with general well-being. Depending on the primary factor compromising desire, there are multiple treatment options for HSDD. When the trouble is of psychological or interpersonal nature, sex therapy or psychotherapy are generally the treatments of choice. Pharmacotherapy may be chosen if HSDD is related to hormonal changes such as natural or surgical menopause, respectively. However, epidemiological studies suggest that diet and nutrition might be important modifiable risk factors for HSDD. This paper sheds light on the evidence of the therapeutic effect of certain nutrients and functional foods to HSDD and the benefits of nutrition therapy for HSDD.

Keywords: functional food, Menopause, Nutrition Therapy, Postmenopause, Sexual Dysfunction, Physiological