Men Lose Interest in Sex Before Women In Long-Term Relationships

Men and women face certain expectations because of their gender. While some stereotypes may work in their favor, others can result in high pressures that result in anxiety and depression. For men, one of the latter expectations is to maintain a high sex drive even as they age, and if their appetite dips, they may experience insecurity. 

A study published in the Journal of Sex Research found that men lose interest in sex in long-term relationships before their female partners do, and the reason for this is that they feel pressure to initiative sex, to maintain the amount of sex performed, and to always be down to get down. 

Men also feel frustration as relationships progress because they feel as if their sexual freedom has been stifled by monogamy. 

The research was taken by the University of Kentucky, and they stated that unlike women, men lose interest in sex when they are feeling unhappy. To create their analysis, they examined 64 older studies about sex that were published recently and as far back as the 1950s.

"We expect male desire to always be high and to be simple, like an on and off switch, while we expect women’s desire to be a complicated switchboard, but they are both complex," Kristen Mark, associate professor of health promotion and director of the Sexual Health Promotion Lab at the University of Kentucky and lead author of the study, said to The Telegraph.

The researchers found that insecurity within men leads to their loss of sex drive, so for couples experiencing this problem, a solution could be made if the two parties are open to communication.