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The Wall Street Journal: Here’s the reason your husband may not want to have sex

Contrary to conventional wisdom, infrequently it’s males who first lose sexual desire in a long-term dating, a new study finds.

Men’s desire for intercourse will also be as difficult as ladies’s, in keeping with researchers at the University of Kentucky. Men continuously lose interest when they really feel insecure, when they concern they are shedding autonomy in a dating, or when physical adjustments motive embarrassment. Pressure to be the initiator compounds the tension.

“We expect male desire to at all times be top and to be simple, like an off and on transfer, whilst we predict ladies’s desire to be an advanced switchboard, but they are both advanced,” says Kristen P. Mark, affiliate professor of well being promotion and director of the Sexual Health Promotion Lab at the University of Kentucky and the lead researcher on study, a broad take a look at women and men that analyzed 64 research on sexual desire carried out because the 1950s.

Psychologists say desire in both sexes ebbs and flows. And it’s natural for it to say no after the heady honeymoon duration, which most often lasts about 18 months to two years. Still, nearly 80% of married couples have intercourse a couple of times a month or extra: 32% reported having intercourse two to three times every week; 47% reported having intercourse a couple of times a month, in keeping with “The Social Organization of Sexuality: Sexual Practices within the United States,” a 1994 University of Chicago study thought to be probably the most comprehensive within the field.

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