Want to spice up your sex life? Try talking. A new study on sex notes 34% of female participants and 15% of male participants in Britain reported having lost interest in sex for three months or more during the previous year. Both sexes blamed issues such as poor health, lack of emotional closeness, sexual difficulties, and poor communication, per the BBC. Women also described differing sexual preferences and having young kids at home as turnoffs, according to the study published in BMJ Open. Backing up a sex therapist's claim that "talking is often the best thing you can do to improve your sex life," however, both men and women who found it easy to talk about sex were more likely to stay busy in the bedroom, per a release.
The study of 4,839 males and 6,669 females ages 16 to 74 also found women were four times more likely to lose sexual interest in long-term relationships than in relationships lasting less than a year, per the Birmingham Mail. There was no such issue for men, whose lack of interest peaked in the 35-44 age category, per the Telegraph. For women, it was ages 55-64. The takeaway? "The quality and length of relationship and communication with their partners" are especially key in determining a woman's sexual interest, says researcher Cynthia Graham. "It highlights the need to assess and—if necessary—treat sexual interest problems in a holistic and relationship-, as well as gender-specific way." (Sex over 50 comes with perks beyond pleasure.)