Two fifths of women have no interest in sex
- By: Upasana Tayal
Up to two fifths of women and almost one fifth of men lack interest in sex, according to the results of a study published in the BMJ (2003;327:426-7). Catherine Mercer's group at the Royal Free and University College Medical School, London, interviewed 11 161 men and women aged 16-44 using a computer assisted self interview.
In total, 34.8% of men and 53.8% of women who had had a heterosexual partner in the last year reported at least one sexual problem that lasted for a month or more. The most commonly reported problem was a lack of interest in sex, with 40.6% of women and 17.1% of men reporting a lack of interest. Other problems in women included an inability to orgasm and painful intercourse, and men tended to have problems relating to premature orgasm and performance anxiety.
Identifying and defining sexual dysfunction, particularly in women, has become increasingly controversial. Some