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Understanding Vylessi: A New Treatment for Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder in Women

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Presented by Dr. Lorenzo at Complete Healthcare for Women, Richland, WA

Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD) is a condition that affects many women, leading to a persistent or recurrent lack of sexual desire. This can have a significant impact on a woman's quality of life, affecting her emotional well-being and relationships. At Complete Healthcare for Women, we are committed to providing comprehensive solutions for women's health, including the latest treatments for conditions like HSDD. One such treatment is Vylessi, a medication that has shown promise in addressing this disorder.

What is Vylessi?

Vylessi (bremelanotide) is an FDA-approved medication for the treatment of HSDD in premenopausal women. Unlike other treatments that need to be taken daily, Vylessi is administered through a subcutaneous (under the skin) auto-injector at least 45 minutes before anticipated sexual activity. It works by activating melanocortin receptors in the brain, which are thought to be involved in sexual desire.

How Effective is Vylessi?

Clinical trials have shown that Vylessi can be effective in increasing sexual desire and decreasing the distress associated with low sexual desire. However, it's important to note that Vylessi is not a cure for HSDD; it is a treatment that can help manage the symptoms. The effectiveness of the medication can vary from person to person, and it may take some time to see noticeable improvements.

Who is a Candidate for Vylessi?

Vylessi is approved for premenopausal women with HSDD. Before starting any treatment, it's crucial to consult with a healthcare provider for a proper diagnosis and to rule out other underlying conditions that could be affecting your sexual desire, such as hormonal imbalances or mental health issues.

Side Effects and Considerations

Common side effects of Vylessi include nausea, flushing, and headache. It is not recommended for those with uncontrolled hypertension or known cardiovascular disease. Always consult your healthcare provider for a comprehensive understanding of the medication and to determine if it's the right treatment for you.


HSDD can be a distressing condition, but treatments like Vylessi offer hope for improving sexual desire and reducing associated emotional distress. At Complete Healthcare for Women in Richland, WA, we are here to guide you through your treatment options and help you make an informed decision.



Complete Healthcare for Women - Obstetrics and Gynecology


Richard Lorenzo, D.O.

Kortney Jones ARNP

Dr. Lorenzo Richard Lorenzo, DO Dr. Lorenzo is also a Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He provides gynecological and obstetric services, including prenatal care, pregnancy care, infertility, and gynecology. Dr. Lorenzo is proficient in advanced surgical techniques, including minimally-invasive procedures, as well as surgery for abnormal uterine bleeding, endometriosis, and hysterectomy. He has specialized training in high-risk obstetrics and minimally invasive surgical techniques, including minimally invasive hysterectomy.

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