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Research has shown women quickly lose all sexual interest in a man (after only two years); why is that?

Answer from our relationship expert:

It's important to recognize that generalizations about gender and sexual interest can be misleading. Every individual and relationship is unique. Factors such as communication, emotional connection, and life circumstances play significant roles in maintaining sexual interest over time. Research suggests that novelty, emotional intimacy, and feeling valued are essential for sustaining sexual desire in long-term relationships. It's crucial for partners to continuously invest in their relationship, explore each other's desires, and adapt to changes in each other's needs and preferences. Additionally, seeking professional help from a therapist or sexologist can provide valuable insights and strategies to navigate changes in sexual dynamics within a relationship.

It's essential to approach this topic with sensitivity and openness, acknowledging the complexity of human sexuality and relationships. Encourage open communication with your partner and prioritize mutual understanding and support. Reflect on the unique dynamics of your relationship and explore ways to enhance emotional and physical intimacy. Seeking guidance from relationship experts or attending couples' therapy sessions can offer personalized strategies for addressing concerns about sexual interest and maintaining a fulfilling relationship.


The Gottman Institute - Building a Sound Relationship House


April 10, 2024

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