Low sexual desire? One sex researcher explains why so many young women don't want to have sex.
According to a group of new studies, young women between the ages of 18 and 30 are suffering from low libido at rates never seen before: 43 percent of women have sexual problems, they say. And 1 in 10 women doesn't want to have sex at all, trumpeted a recent ABC News story.
The weird part isn't the fact that women are reporting what experts like to call "sexual dysfunction," but that women this young are: Usually we think of sexual issues as the stuff that plagues the over-40 set. Lemondrop: How To Have An Orgasm In Just About Any Situation
But sexperts are now blaming 20-somethings with low libido on everything from stress (we're worried about our jobs/working longer hours) to birth control/antidepressants (both are potent chemical cocktails that can make lust dry up), and, well, Hollywood:
"Young women are feeling pressured to be sex pots," pronounced one sexpert in the ABC story.
Of course, there isn't a media outlet out there that doesn't like to start a story: "In bedrooms across America...", so, in our mind, the real question is: Which of these theories are true, which are mere media hype, and what can you do to keep your sex life hot? Dr. Debby Herbenick, a sexual health educator and researcher at The Kinsey Institute and author of Because It Feels Good: A Woman's Guide to Sexual Pleasure and Satisfaction, gives it to you straight.
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Written by Katie Hintz-Zambrano for Lemondrop.