Back to Health A to Z. Try to not feel embarrassed about getting help. Lots of people experience problems with their sex drive and seeking advice can be the first step towards resolving the issue. One of the first things to consider is whether you're happy in your relationship.
Low sex drive in women has many potential causes, including underlying medical issues, emotional or psychological problems, or work- and family-related stress. The good news is that identifying the root cause of low libido can lead to effective treatment options. It is not unusual for couples to have a disparity in their sex drives. More often than not, in a heterosexual relationship, it's the woman who has the lower libido , according to research published by the Journal of the American Medical Association JAMA.
New research is demonstrating what many people already knew from experience: Women lose interest in sex over time, while men don't. The finding has the potential to help couples, the researchers said. Knowing that many women's sexual desire diminishes over the course of a relationship could encourage both partners to be more realistic about their sex lives, and could help them weather the changes in desire as they occur. Sex researchers Sarah Murray and Robin Milhausen, both of the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, asked undergraduate women and men who had been in heterosexual relationships for anywhere from one month to nine years to report on their levels of relationship satisfaction , sexual satisfaction and sexual desire. Desire was scored using an established model called the Female Sexual Function Index, which ranges from 1.
Over a third of British women in a relationship do not have interest in sex. Photo: Shutterstock. Are the results from a recent BMJ Open study really that surprising?