There are many reasons why women are sexual. A broad normative range in sexual desire exists between women and across life stages. The extreme importance of sexual arousability—used here to mean the factors influencing the mind's information processing of the sexual stimulation—directs the assessment and management of distress resulting from disinterest in sex. The subject is larger and more complex than a "hypoactive sexual desire disorder." Desire, as in sexual thoughts and fantasies is helpful, but is neither sufficient nor essential for on-going healthy sexual interest.

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