Everyday Life Affects Libido

Published Online: Tuesday, November 1, 2005

A survey of >11,000 men and women aged 16 to 44 years showed that women's sex drives can go downhill as they manage the increasing demands of partners, children, and careers. One in 10 women reported losing interest in sex for at least 6 months in the past year. Married women tended to experience more sexual problems, compared with single men and women, according to the results of the survey reported recently in Sexually Transmitted Infections.

The survey also revealed that 54% of women and 35% of men have sexual problems, but <11% of men and 21% of women seek a physician's help. For both genders, their first sexual experience could be crucial to their future attitude toward sex. The worse the encounter is, the greater the difficulty they may experience later in life.

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