Sexual Desire Fluctuates More Among Women Than Men: Study Finds

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Does Sexual Desire Fluctuate More Among Women Than Men

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A team of researchers at the University of Melbourne explored does sexual desire fluctuate more among women in the long run. The study is published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior.

The Study

The researchers conducted a series of surveys spanning multiple years. They assessed factors like personal and partner-specific sexual desires, childbirth, menopause, relationship dissolution, mental and physical exhaustion, sociopolitical changes, etc.

The Findings

The results revealed significant sex differences in sexual desire in the long run. It was found that women’s sexual desires varied more significantly than men’s, but the former’s desires were not affected by factors like childbirth and menopause. This finding is in sharp contrast to the assumption that women experience stable sexual desire across time.

The authors added: “Our study focused on testing sex differences in sexual desire variability. Broadly, it’s common for people to experience changes in their sexual desire. There are lots of factors contributing to our desire, like tiredness, and how we feel about our partners. So, it’s important that people not beat themselves up about having peaks and troughs in their desire.

To Know More You May Refer To

Harris, E. A., Hornsey, M. J., Hofmann, W., Jern, P., Murphy, S. C., Hedenborg, F., & Barlow, F. K. (2023). Does Sexual Desire Fluctuate More Among Women than Men?. Archives of sexual behavior, 10.1007/s10508-022-02525-y. Advance online publication.

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