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Low sex drive: How to handle a loss of libido

 
Low sex drive: How to handle a loss of libido
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Low sex drive: How to handle a loss of libido

When your sex life is great then you feel on top of the world, but when it's not, it can be extremely hard to deal with. Especially when every now and then, often with no warning, we can find ourselves just not really all that up for it.

Before you think you're the only one, a once in a decade poll of 15,00 UK citizens found that people aged 16-44 were having sex way fewer times than they were 20 years ago, at only 4.8 times a month. Yikes.


Dr Cath Mercer, from University College London, told the BBC: "People are worried about their jobs, worried about money. They are not in the mood for sex."
Don't think it's just us girls either, a poll by ukmedix.com found that 62% of men turn down sex more frequently than their female partner. It looks like we're all in this together!

Having a low sex drive can be upsetting for you and your partner, who might be wondering if you just don't fancy them anymore. But losing your libido is totally natural, especially if you're stressed out from modern life and technology. The thing to remember is that doesn't have to be permanent, so there's no need to panic.

We spoke to some leading experts about where a low sex drive can come from and what we can do about to boost our libido.

"There's no set number of times a woman 'should' want to have sex, every woman is different just as men are," says sex and intimacy expert Emma Ziff. "It's not helpful to think this way either," she adds. The more you worry about it, the worse the situation can become.

So what causes a low sex drive, and what can we do to get us back in the mood for some loving?


Sophie Herdman
08/01/2013
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