This is when women lose interest in sex

Faith Castro
September 15, 2017

When it comes to sex, women are more than twice as likely as men to feel a lack of interest, especially in long-term relationships - those that last over a year.

A study found that women in relationships can tend to lose interest in sex after just one year.

Cynthia Graham, teacher of sexual and conceptive wellbeing at the University of Southampton, said the discoveries expanded comprehension of what lay behind men and women's absence of enthusiasm for sex and how to treat it. For both sexes, poor physical and mental health, poor communication and a lack of emotional connection during sex can cause sexual desire to dwindle.

In the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles in Britain, the people who said it was "always easy to talk about sex" with their partner were less likely to lack interest.

However, the researchers explained that there was no evidence to suggest that this had anything to do with menopause, despite occurring around those ages in women.

And while interest in sex among women declines significantly with age, male sex drive seemed to fall far more gradually, with men found to stay interested well into their 70s.

Unsurprisingly, this lack of interest in sex is often linked to other underlying issues in the relationship, so the year mark doesn't have to mean your sex life drops off a cliff.

In the study, men showed less interest in sex between the ages of 35-55 and women lacked more interest between 55 and 64.

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However, they did find that having young children at home was a particular turn-off for women.

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This goes hand in hand with another part of the study claiming women with three or more partners in the past year were less likely to report having a low sex drive than those who had sex with only one partner. Men and women reportedly broadly similar rates of not feeling emotionally close to their partners during sex. However, if the problem is more about open communication and emotional closeness, talking to your partner may help more than taking a drug.

Other factors for the lack of interest included reporting an STD in the past year and experiencing sex against your will.

"It highlights the need to assess and - if necessary - treat sexual interest problems in a holistic and relationship, as well as gender-specific, way".

Major, who was not involved in the study, told BBC that even though sex is a very personal thing, talking about it can be embarrassing.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved the first-ever drug aimed at boosting female libido, called flibanserin.

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