Men, women and sex

Men are more than twice as likely as women to stay interested in sex when living with a partner, according to a study of British sexual attitudes published by the BMJ (

In total, 15% of men and 34% of women surveyed said they had lost interest in sex for three months or more in the previous year. For men, this lack of interest was highest at the ages of 35-44 while for women it peaked between 55 and 64.

Poor physical and mental health, poor communication and a lack of emotional connection during sex were the main reasons why men and women lost interest.

The findings are based on the experiences of nearly 5000 men and 6700 women. The UK researchers said problems of sexual desire should be treated by looking at the whole person, rather than resorting to drugs. There was no evidence that the menopause was a factor for women.

However, they did find that having young children at home was a particular factor for women in reducing interest in sex.

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