Sexual desire in females is both more complex and more fragile than it is in males—less tied to biology, more linked to psychology.
But women will only do it if the candles are scented just right -- and their partner has done the dishes first. It's common wisdom that women place more value on emotional connection as a spark of sexual desire.
Study after study shows that men's sex drives are not only stronger than women's, but much more straightforward.
As men and women age, each fantasize less, but men still fantasize about twice as often.
Many women in their 40s, 50s, and 60s are asking, "Where did our sex go? “To blame it all on hormones is unfair, though,” says Stephanie Faubion, MD, director of the Mayo Clinic’s Women’s Health Clinic.
Here are seven patterns of men's and women's sex drives that researchers have found.
Bear in mind that people may vary from these norms.
But truth be told, many women aren't always as primed for sex as they'd like to be.
In fact, for up to one-third of adult women, low sexual desire is a chronic problem that interferes with their quality of life.
The majority of adult men under 60 think about sex at least once a day, reports Laumann.