By Andy Merrett
Nov 16, 2005
Women’s sexual desire more likely linked to self-image, not hormones
It has often been believed that women who begin losing their sex drive as they age are the victims of hormones.
However, a new study suggests that body image plays a much greater role in libido.
If a woman thinks that she is becoming less attractive, her sex drive reacts and drops.
Dr. Patricia Barthalow Koch [associate professor of biobehavioral health and women's studies at Penn State University] and her team studied 307 mostly white, heterosexual women aged 35 to 55.
About 21 percent said they were pre-menopausal, 63.5 percent said they were undergoing some menopausal changes and 15.5 percent were past menopause.
Nearly 21 percent of the women could not think of even one attractive feature and reported an overall sense of dissatisfaction with their bodies, Koch’s team reported in The Journal of Sex Research. The women especially disliked their stomachs or abdomens, hips, thighs and legs.
Two-thirds of the women said they either desired sex less than 10 years before or that they had sex less often.
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