New National Survey Reveals about Half of Women Report Having Lower Sex Drive Than in the Past; “Deal” with It Despite Resulting Strain on Relationships and Impact on Well-Being | Business Wire

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Upwards of 40 percent of women experience Female Sexual Dysfunction

(FSD) at some point in their lives, which is defined as persistent

problems with sexual arousal, orgasm, pain. Desire.2-4 To

help educate about FSD and elevate the conversation, the American Sexual

Health Association (ASHA) is partnering with leading experts in women’s

sexual health – with support from Valeant Pharmaceuticals International

Inc. – to launch Find My Spark. This educational campaign aims to

provide facts about FSD, while empowering women to take charge of their

sex lives and talk to their healthcare provider about any troubles they

may be facing.

While the majority of women agree that sex is an important part of their

lives and relationships, nearly 50 percent of premenopausal women age

21-49 admit that their low sexual desire is putting their relationship

at risk, according to results from a new online Harris Poll survey

conducted on behalf of ASHA of 2,501 women.1 Despite the

impact that a healthy sex life can have, results suggest that too many

women are just “dealing” with low sexual desire and aren't taking

action to address their health.1

Key National Survey* Findings Include:1

  • 48% of premenopausal women age 21-49 say their sex drive is lower now

    than in the past

  • 93% of women believe that having low sexual desire can put a strain on

    their relationship

  • 46% of women currently in a relationship feel that low sexual desire

    is putting their relationship at risk

  • 81% of women in a relationship admit to having sex with a partner even

    if they're not in the mood

  • 77% of women believe there needs to be more open, honest discussions

    about women’s low sexual desire in the news/media

  • 67% of women are worried that low sexual desire in women isn’t taken


  • Only 14% of women are aware of the availability of treatments for low

    sex drive/desire

“Female sexual dysfunction is a true clinical condition. Countless women

come to me in perfectly healthy relationships and are distressed by

their lack of desire, as well as other forms of female sexual

dysfunction impacting their life outside of the bedroom,” said Dr. Leah

S. Millheiser, director of the female sexual medicine program at

Stanford University. “And the unfortunate truth is that there are a

number of women that I don’t get to see, because they suffer in silence.”

There are four types of FSDs. Arousal problems, orgasmic problems,

sexual pain disorder and desire problems.4 The most common

type of FSD is known as hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD),

impacting more than 4 million premenopausal women in the United States.2,5-6

“Having a conversation about your sexual health isn’t always easy,

especially for women who have FSD, who are often told that it’s all

in their head,” said Lynn Barclay, CEO and President of ASHA. “Our

hope is that Find My Spark sheds light on FSD as a true medical

condition, educates women about sexual difficulties and their symptoms,

and encourages meaningful conversations between women, their partners

and their healthcare providers.”

Through Find My Spark (,

women can access resources to learn the facts about FSD. The website

features patient testimonials and an opportunity for women to share

their own stories, while relating to the experiences of others who may

be dealing with a similar struggle. Women can take an interactive quiz

to help identify potential common sexual troubles and review tips to

open up a dialogue with their healthcare provider or therapist.

About the National Survey*

The survey was conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of the American

Sexual Health Association with support from Valeant Pharmaceuticals

North America from July 1 -14 2016. Included 2,501 U.S. women age

21-49 who aren't experiencing menopause symptoms. Data are weighted

where necessary by age, race/ethnicity, region, education, income.

propensity to be in line with their actual proportions in the population.

About the Find My Spark Campaign

The American Sexual Health Association – with support from Valeant

Pharmaceuticals International Inc. —. Launched an educational campaign, Find

My Spark, to build awareness and educate about Female Sexual

Dysfunction (FSD) and encourage women who have lost their spark to take

charge and begin a conversation with a therapist or healthcare provider

about any sexual difficulties. For more information, visit

About Female Sexual Dysfunction (FSD)

Trouble with having sex or enjoying it are sometimes called female

sexual dysfunction. female sexual difficulty (FSD). It can be

life-long or can develop over time.3 There are four types of

FSDs. Arousal problems, orgasmic problems, sexual pain disorder and

desire problems.4 The most common form of FSD is known

hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD).5 HSDD is thought to

be related to an imbalance in serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine in

the brain, which have been associated with sexual desire response in


About the American Sexual Health Association (ASHA)

The American Sexual Health Association (ASHA) is a not-for-profit

organisation founded in 1914 to promote the sexual health of

individuals, families and communities by advocating sound policies and

practices and educating the public, professionals and policy makers, in

order to foster healthy sexual behaviors and relationships and prevent

adverse health outcomes. ASHA’s educational websites include:,

(for teens and young adults).

(Spanish language site).

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