We have always assumed in our culture that women have lower sexual desire than men, but a study published in the Journal of Sex Research this isn’t always the case.
” We expect male desire to always be high and to be simple, like an on and off switch, while we expect women’s desire to be a complicated switchboard, but they are both complex.” Said lead author Kristen Mark, associate professor of health promotion and director of the Sexual Health Promotion Lab at the University of Kentucky.
Researchers at the University of Kentucky analyzed 64 studies on sexual desire conducted since the 1950s found that men also have unrealistic expectations of their need for sex and their bodies as they get older.
The study found that unlike women, men often lose interest in sex when they are unhappy or insecure. They also grow frustrated when their appetite for sex it dips, and feel pressure to always be ready for sex. They think they should always be the ones to initiate it.
Physical issues as well like depression, mood disorders and erectile dysfunction contribute to the lose interest in sex.
Previous studies have shown that one in three women experience a drop off in sexual interest, compared to one in five men.