Sexual Health Q&A

What kinds of questions are on the Decreased Sexual Desire Screener (DSDS)?

The DSDS begins with these four questions:

• In the past, was your level of sexual desire/interest good and satisfying to you?

• Has there been a decrease in your level of sexual desire/interest?


• Are you bothered by your decreased level of sexual desire/interest?

• Would you like your level of sexual desire/interest to increase?


If a woman answers “no” to any of these questions, she is not diagnosed with HSDD.

The fifth question asks the woman to indicate any factors that may be contributing to her loss of sexual interest. They are as follows:

• An operation, depression, injuries, or other medical condition

• Medications, drugs, or alcohol she is currently taking


• Pregnancy, recent childbirth, menopausal symptoms

• Other sexual issues she may have (pain, decreased arousal or orgasm)


• Her partner’s sexual problems

• Dissatisfaction with her relationship or partner


• Stress or fatigue

If a woman answers “no” to all of these items, she can be diagnosed with HSDD.