This is why people start to lose interest in sex, according to experts

This is why people start to lose interest in sex, according to experts

In the early days of falling in love, it can be hard to not get all hot and heavy around your partner. Yes, during the honeymoon period, you don't just receive all the romantic effluvia that's normally reserved for Hollywood rom-coms, but it's also the time when you'll experience the best sex of your relationship. While this may be rather disconcerting news for new couples, it makes sense. During the initial stages of a relationship, everything is new and exciting; every gesture becomes reminiscent of some grand romance, every whispered "I love you" reads like a profession of udying love and naturally, it's the time when you are the most desirous of your partner.

Give it a few years, however, and things will inevitably start to change. For starters, you'll start to bicker about innocuous things, then you'll start to find their once-adorable eccentricities somewhat grating - and finally, your sex life will take a beating. But what exactly, other than familiarity and routine, causes this to happen? The experts have the answers.

A recent study analysed data from a sample survey taken between 2010 and 2012 which quizzed people on their sex lives. The study included 4,839 men and 6,669 women between the ages of 16 and 74 years old, who had at least one sexual encounter in the last year.

And the findings were both interesting and concerning. 15 percent of men and over 34 percent of women asserted that they had a lack of interest in sex. Researchers discovered that this disinterest had to do with the participants' age, as well as their physical and mental health. Additionally, participants were more likely to report low libido if they had been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease in the past, or if they had been a victim of sexual harassment or abuse.

Unsurprisingly, men and women who were having issues with their partner were less likely to be interested in sex.

The discrepancy between the genders, however, was rather alarming. The study reported that when it comes to a lack of interest in sexual intercourse, women are twice as likely as men to turn down their partner's advances.

While such findings need to be taken with a pinch of salt as everyone's experiences and relationships are different, researchers stated that this gender gap was most prevalent when it came to people who had been in a relationship for over a year. After this amount of time, female participants were likely not to be as interested in sex as their significant other.

Well, there you have it. I'm sure that many of these findings won't come as a great surprise. I mean, it makes sense that you're not going to be as crazy and hot for your partner as you were when you first started dating. But it's not a death sentence either. Certainly, if anything, the study also reiterates how important it is to keep that spark alive

So, if you're looking for ways to strengthen your relationship, this new book has revealed the secret to staying together in a long term relationship.