Role of the melanocortin-4 receptor in hyposexual desire disorder

Do you have low sexual desire? You could be suffering from Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD), which affects over  1 in 10 women.

At Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, we are investigating how sexual stimuli are processed within the brain, in women with HSDD.

Hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) is characterised by a lack of sexual desire, fantasies or thoughts, that is troublesome for an individual. It is a relatively common condition, affecting up to 13 in 100 women. It can have a significant impact on a woman’s quality of life and can lead to stress, anxiety, sadness and problems with relationships. At the moment, there are limited treatment options available for this condition. Therefore, we really need to develop a better understanding of how and why this condition occurs, in order to develop better treatments.

If you are:

  • Right-handed
  • Heterosexual
  • Aged over 18 years old (and pre-menopausal)
  • Have menstrual cycles lasting less than 35 days
  • In a relationship for at least 6 months

And are interested in taking part in our research study, please email imperial.femaleHSDD@nhs.net to find out more information and see if you are eligible.

If you decide to take part, you will receive £300 in expenses.

Role of the melanocortin-4 receptor in hyposexual desire disorder