Sexual Health Q&A

What is the Decreased Sexual Desire Screener (DSDS)?

The Decreased Sexual Desire Screener (DSDS) is a diagnostic tool that helps healthcare providers screen for acquired hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) in women. It consists of five questions and is designed so that providers who are not experts in sexual medicine can still accurately diagnose HSDD. It only takes a few minutes to administer.

HSDD, the most common female sexual dysfunction, is a persistent loss of interest in sex that causes a woman personal distress. This loss of interest cannot be explained by another medical condition or drug side effect. Acquired HSDD means a woman has lost interest in all partners and types of sexual stimulation. It occurs after a woman has had normal sexual functioning for some time.