A new study has concluded that women with low sexual desire and associated distress experience personal and emotional distress related to the sexual issue.
The findings from the European study have been presented at the International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health (ISSWSH) 2010 Annual Meeting in St. Petersburg, Fla..
The results are based on a survey of 5,098 women with low sexual desire and associated distress. In the study (DESIRE), many women reported experiencing negative emotions, such as dissatisfaction with their sex life, guilt about sexual difficulties and distress about their sex life, frequently or always during the previous three months.
The DESIRE(Desire and its Effects on female Sexuality Including Relationships) study identified 7,542 women with low sexual desire and associated distress. Among these women, 5,098 participated and were surveyed on a wide range of attitudes and behaviors relating to their experience of low sexual desire. The reports of their frequency and level of sexual desire over the last 12 months were significantly correlated with reports of their level of distress about their low sexual desire and with each of these negative emotional responses.