- Najja Parker The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Are men or women more likely to lose interest in sex while in longterm relationships?
It’s the ladies, according to a new report.
Researchers from universities in London conducted a study, which was recently published in the BMJ Open, to determine which gender enjoyed sex less after a certain period of time.
To do so, they surveyed nearly 5,000 men and about 7,000 women, aged 16 to 74, who were in relationships for a year or less. Their questionnaire focused on topics including periods and menopause; experience of different heterosexual practices; sexual function and satisfaction; and even paying for sex.
After analyzing the results, scientists found that 34.2 percent of women reported a lack of interest in sex three months or more in the previous year, compared to 15 percent of men.
They also discovered that half of the people disinterested in sex were distressed about their lack of desire to have intercourse. On the other hand, those who could talk easily about sex with their partner were less likely to lose interest.
"Our findings show us the importance of the relational context in understanding low sexual interest in both men and women. For women in particular, the quality and length of relationship and communication with their partners are important in their experience of sexual interest,” co-author Cynthia Graham said in a statement.
Scientists were able to link several factors to low interest in sex for men and women, including poor mental and physical health, not feeling emotionally connected to a partner and experiencing sex against their will.
As for women specifically, they associated recent pregnancy and not sharing the same sexual likes as a partner with decreased interest in sex.
In the future, researchers hope to conduct more studies to find ways to improve sexual experiences.
Graham said, “It highlights the need to assess and – if necessary – treat sexual interest problems in a holistic and relationship-, as well as gender-specific way."