Interestingly, both men and women who found it easy to approach sex in a conversation with their partner were less likely to report a low sex drive. Graham comments on the results, saying, "Our findings show us the importance of the relational context in understanding low sexual interest in both men and women." "For women, in particular, the quality and length of [the] relationship and communication with their partners are important in their experience of sexual interest," she adds. Kirstin Mitchell, of the University of Glasgow, also weighs in.
The findings on the strong association between open sexual communication and a reduced likelihood of sexual interest problems emphasize the importance of providing a broad sexual and relationships education rather than limiting attention only to adverse consequences of sex and how to prevent them." The researchers write that the strengths of the study include having used nationally representative data to assess sexual interest in men and women.
Here is the relevant provision: No person shall solicit another, not the spouse of the offender, to engage in sexual conduct with the offender, when the offender is eighteen years of age or older and four or more years older than the other person, and the other person is sixteen or seventeen years of age, whether or not the offender knows the age of the other person.Additionally, over 60 percent of the women interviewed and over 50 percent of the men reported feeling distressed by their dwindling sexual desire.Some of the factors associated with a low sexual interest, for both men and women, were having had a sexually transmitted infection in the previous year, having experienced non-consensual sex, being in poor mental and physical health, and not feeling emotionally close to one's partner during intercourse. Graham and her colleagues also uncovered a series of factors that were associated with the lack of sexual interest exclusively in women.Also, the study could not establish causality between the lack of sexual interest and the variables studied."[The study] highlights the need to assess and - if necessary - treat sexual interest problems in a holistic and relationship-, as well as gender-specific way," concludes Prof.