Sex plays an important role in strengthening a relationship, if both partners are equally involved in it. Sex plays an essential part in a relationship. But a study done by British Sexual Attitudes suggests that women are more likely to lose interest in sex than men.
These findings are published after interviewing nearly about 5,000 men and 6,700 women. It has been published in BMJ open. It reveals that poor health and lack of emotional closeness has been observed to be affecting the desire of sex in men and women.
The study also suggests that, when living with a partner, women are more than twice as likely to lack interest in sex as men.
According to the experts, these findings are relevant in Indian context. Dr Deepak Jumani, a sexologist in Mumbai, told My Medical Mantra, “Lack of interest in sex is very common in women and there are several reasons behind this. Moreover, in our society, sex considered as a taboo subject. It is imprinted on women’s mind that it is a dirty thing. So, women don’t have healthy attitude towards sexual activities. Sometimes, endocrine problems such hyperthyroidism also affects their sexual desires,”.
The attitude of looking at sex only for procreation also results in lack of interest in it.
“In our society sexual activities are looked down upon and when it is considered only to reproduce. Couples rarely look at it as an essential part of life. Men, too, face this problem as after 40 years of age, they are more focused on their careers and can’t give enough time to their personal life,” said Dr Sagar Pathak, a Pune-based Gynaecologist and a counsellor for sexual problems.
According to Dr Jumani, elaborate foreplay and afterplay sessions will help to keep the interest in sex alive. “Men should take more interest in foreplay sessions. After ejaculation they should show their affection towards their partner by hugging and kissing her. This way woman will feel loved.”