Two sex researchers, Robin Milhausen and Sarah Murray, from the University of Guelph, Ontario Canada conducted a research study involving 170 participants – female and male undergraduate students engaged in heterosexual relationships. The findings were published in the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy.
The participants were asked to rate their sexual health with respect to relationship satisfaction, sexual desire, as well as sexual satisfaction. In the case of sexual desire, it was determined using the Female Sexual Function Index model that ranges between 1.2 and 6.0.
The participants exhibited a general satisfaction in their relationships and sex lives. However, women participants reported lower sexual desire levels depending on how long their relationships had lasted. According to the research findings, for every additional month that the female students remained in a single relationship, they experience a decreased sexual desire by 0.02 – based on the Female Sexual Function Index model.
According to Daily Mail UK, studies in Europe, Britain, and America reported that approximately 30-50 percent of women of all ages have experienced extended periods of little, or non-existent sex drive. Going by these statistics, it is imperative to determine why women lose interest in sex. It is a good starting point to help you chart the way forward – if you are caught up in this situation.
When a woman is no longer happy in a relationship or marriage the first thing that hurts is her sex drive. Women are emotional beings and can hardly engage in sexual intercourse with a person they are unhappy with. Poor communication, loss of sexual attraction, trust issues, unresolved conflicts and arguments, and over-familiarity with your partner are some of the relationship problems capable of hurting your sex drive. If this explanation is a description of what you are going through, consider seeking relationship counseling. Your general practitioner should be in a position to recommend a good sex therapist or counselor.
Anxiety, stress, exhaustion and depression
These almost, inevitable elements may be the reason you have been experiencing a dip in your happiness, and your sex drive too. Are you constantly exhausted, anxious or stressed? If yes, consider making some lifestyle changes. Alternatively, consult your general practitioner for advice.
Depression goes beyond the feeling of unhappiness, misery or just being fed up in the short term. It is a serious health condition that interrupts your normal life, and this includes your sex life. If you are always struggling with unending cases of sadness, hopelessness or you have completely lost interest in things that you used to enjoy, you are dealing with depression. See your doctor as soon as you can so that the problem can be dealt with before it gets out of hand.
Old age and menopause
Reduced sex drive is highly associated with aging. It is usually caused by decreasing levels of estrogen and testosterone, just before, during, and after menopause. Age-related diseases and the side effects of corresponding medications may also lead to low libido. Your general practitioner may recommend treatments for increasing hormone levels such as hormone replacement therapy (HRT) among numerous others.