improving desire problems, without drugs.

A tiny post about a tiny article at Time, regarding the approval process for a drugs for women’s sexual desire problems. It ends with this quote:

“In the absence of an approved solution, women with HSDD today are faced with the dilemma of trying unapproved products which could pose a safety risk or living with a condition that has important impact on their lives,” says Whitehead [the head of the pharmaceutical company].

Which is the quote you end with when you’re only thinking about pharmaceutical interventions.

The quote you end with when you’re thinking about ALL treatment strategies is:

“In the absence of an approved pharmaceutical solution, women with sexual desire problems are faced with the dilemma of trying unapproved products OR OF TRYING EVIDENCE-BASED NON-PHARMACEUTICAL INTERVENTIONS, for example a mindfulness psychoeducation group or cognitive behavioral therapy“ said Emily Nagoski, who is getting slightly sad about how frequently the media makes the mistake of ignoring non-pharma treatments for low desire.

(For a review see this.)

Seriously people. If someone tells you they’re struggling with low sexual desire and they mention reading a thing that said there’s “no treatment,” please tell them, “There’s no DRUG treatment, but there IS effective treatment!”

Or if you’re looking for a certified sex therapist, go here.