Individual and Dyadic Barriers to a Pharmacotherapeutic Treatment of Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorders: Results and Implications From a Small-Scale Study With Bupropion

Department of Clinical Psychology, Hannover Medical School, Hannover, Germany.
Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy (Impact Factor: 1.27). 07/2012; 38(4):325-48. DOI: 10.1080/0092623X.2011.606495
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This article describes the results of an independent small-scale trial with the centrally acting agent bupropion for female hypoactive sexual desire disorder. The main goals were to gain insight into the intrapsychic and interpersonal barriers to improvement associated with the pharmacological treatment of this common disorder. Eligible subjects entered a 2-week run-in period and a 4-week placebo phase, followed by a 20-week treatment phase. In addition to semi-structured clinical interviews and a set of standardized questionnaires, we used 2 self-developed questionnaires, addressing the period between visits and the week preceding each visit. Participants were 16 women who entered the placebo phase and 10 who completed the medication period. Analyses of pre-post scores and of the questionnaire addressing the time between visits yielded no significant changes. The questionnaire focusing on the week preceding each visit indicated improvements in sexual desire, arousability, and orgasmic ease after Week 8. In the clinical interviews, half of the women reported subjective improvements of sexual desire and arousability that could not be transferred to the sexual relationship as a result of individual and dyadic barriers. Overall, a centrally acting agent such as bupropion may be a viable option for female sexual dysfunction, but it seems mandatory to embed it in a psychotherapeutic approach.

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