OB/GYNs, urologists, primary care physicians, endocrinologists, nurses with focus in reproductive/sexual medicine, NPs/PAs, psychologists/sex therapists, residents/fellows of above disciplines, managed care clinicians, and clinical pharmacists interested in management and treatment of HSDD.
Sexual health is an integral component of women’s psychological and overall physical health. Clinicians often perceive the treatment of female sexual health as a quality of life issue and low health priority; furthermore, they often do not believe they possess the knowledge and experience to diagnose and manage hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD). A lack of bidirectional patient-clinician communication is a significant reason HSDD remains undertreated: patients are reluctant to discuss sexual concerns with their clinicians, and clinicians are reluctant to inquire about sexual health. Furthermore, some clinician are concerned that conversations about sexual function are too time-consuming during the office visit. Because clinicians play a key role in providing education on sexual health, assessing patients for HSDD, and determining appropriate treatment, it is critical for all clinicians to recognize the importance of addressing sexual health, consistently incorporating screening tools and clinical questionaires designed to ascertain the precise etiology of female sexual dysfunction (FSD) including the DSDS; educational strategies should be utilized to overcome perceived time constraints, improve diagnostic skills and facilitate open, communication with patients about sexual function.