What Affects Male Sexual Desire: What We Know and Still Need to Find Out

What Affects Male Sexual Desire: What We Know and Still Need to Find Out

2015-01-01 00:00:00

Methods: The initial study was based on quantitative research. The study questionnaire was developed incorporating other validated questionnaires used in women with proven reliability. The questionnaire comprised of 21 questions and was implemented online within Australia. It targeted a convenience sample of 300 heterosexual men over the age of 18, in the same relationship for at least 12 months.

Results: The average age of the study participants (N=300) is 52 and average relationship duration 18 years. The results are congruent with other findings (Brotto 2010 and Rubio-Aurioles, and Bivalacqua, 2013) which highlight the range in male sexual desire. The findings identify stress or fatigue as significant factors inhibiting desire that have not been previously identified in the literature; and also highlight other variables such as medications, conflict and dissatisfaction that affect male sexual desire. Finally the results confirmed that there is concern present, despite complacency and tendency to ignore the issue. Importantly the initial quantitative analysis highlights a number of issues that warrant further investigation. Indeed the results confirmed that there is an intricate and complex interplay of multiple biopsychosocial variables that can inhibit or augment desire which are also subject to contextual factors, yet there were a number of limitations. The quantitative research did not allow for elaboration in the response, and consequently lacked insight and detail.

Conclusions: Qualitative research is currently underway to understand how men define, perceive and interpret desire. The objective is to generate an in-depth, more detailed insight regarding their perception of desire and what constitutes male sexual desire. It is also critical to identify the barriers that men experience so that individuals and couples can seek appropriate assistance.

Speakers: Elaine George
Areas of Interest / Categories: Society of Australian Sexology 2014
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