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Poor Health and Lack of Communication Related to Low Sexual Interest, Study Says

Nov 28, 2017

Fifteen percent of the men and 34% of the women said they had lacked sexual interest for at least three months in the past year. Of these, over half of the men the about two-thirds of the women were distressed about their situation. Low sexual interest became more frequent as people got older, although menopause did not appear to play a role for the women.

Participants with physical or mental health problems, such as depression, also reported lower sexual interest, as did those who had been diagnosed with a sexually-transmitted infection (STI) or been forced to have sex against their will.

Relationship factors had an effect, especially for the women. People tended to have lower interest if they had trouble talking about sex with their partner, didn’t share their sexual likes and dislikes, or were unhappy with their relationship. A partner’s sexual difficulties and any mismatch in sexual desire were other factors.

Women who had been pregnant during the past year and those with young children were more likely to report low interest. The researchers noted that fatigue and stress associated with childcare might affect the women’s interest in sex. However, these particular findings did not apply to men.

Also for the women, early sexual experiences had some influence, especially if they had felt pressured by a partner and regretted their decision to have sex.

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