After just one year in a relationship, women lose interest in having sex with their partner.
This claim was made by researchers at Southampton University. They arrived at this after conducting a survey of 6,669 women and 4,839 men between the ages of 16 and 74. While they found that an interest in sex declines with age for both genders, it occurs to women at a faster rate than men.
More than a third – 34 per cent – of all the women surveyed were not bothered about the idea of having sex, while only 15 per cent of men had a similar reaction.
Among the women who had reportedly lost interest in sex, many cited having children under five years old or giving birth in the last year. This could be the result of “fatigue associated with a primary caring role”, the authors wrote. Other possible explanations could be “the fact that daily stress appears to affect sexual functioning in women more than men or possibly a shift in focus of attention attendant on bringing up small children” they suggested.
Bad experiences with sex, such as “forced intercourse” and contracting an STI, were also explanations given by women in the survey for their aversion.
The results were published in the British Medical Journal Open.