Sexual Reluctance

18.06.2020

People normally differ in their degree of sexual desire.There is no single standard of sexual desire, and desire differs not only person to person but also for the same person over the course of a relationship.

One of the most common sexual complaints among couples is a disparity in sexual desire. Sexual desire can be low for a variety of reasons, many of them psychological and interpersonal. But that doesn´t necessarily make it a disorder. It becomes a diagnosable condition only when it diminishes the quality of one´s life and creates distress, or when a disparity arises in the sex drives of partners, evolving into a matter of unresolved contention in the relationship.

Loss of sexual desire can both result relationship problems and cause them. Childhood sexual abuse also may inhibit sexual desire later in life.

What causes low sexual desire?

The single biggest psychological cause of hypoactive sexual desire may be depression. Fatigue is up there, too, and a highly stressful lifestyle can have an impact on sex drive. People who have body image problems may also experience a lack of sexual desire. Decreased sexual desire is a well-established and common side effect of treatment with antidepressant drugs.
What are the symptoms of low sexual desire?

Loss of sexual desire usually manifests as a lack of response to a partner´s overtures for sexual activity. Symptoms of low sexual desire might also include sexual arousal disorder, erectile dysfunction, anxiety inhibiting sexual performance, a low level of sexual interest, a recurring lack of desire, and the absence of sexual fantasies.
 

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