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Women are more sexual than men

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Sex photo Women are more sexual than men.

What do women want? It has been at the centre of numerous books, articles and blog posts, and no doubt the cause of countless agonised ponderings by men and women alike.

But despite decades spent trying to crack this riddle, researchers have yet to land on a unified definition of female desire, let alone come close to fully understanding how it works.

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Now, scientists are increasingly beginning to realise that female desire cannot be summarised in terms of a single experience: As Beverly Whipplea professor at Rutgers University, says: But more recent evidence reveals that differences between the sexes may actually be more nuanced or even non-existent, depending on how you define and attempt to measure desire. Some studies have even found that men in relationships are as likely as women to be the member of the couple with the lower level of sexual desire.

View image of Credit: But when the question is revised to ask about in-the-moment feelings — the amount of desire experienced in the midst of a sexual interaction — scientists find no difference between men and women. What they have are more variable patterns. Women do not necessarily experience the same progression of excitement, plateau, orgasm and resolution that men do. Previously, doctors had also assumed that the male sex hormone testosterone could be linked to female desire.

In fact, it probably does Women are more sexual than men play a major role: Other research finds that testosterone and desire are linked only very indirectly, and that sexual activity has more of an effect on hormone levels than hormones do on whether someone actually desires sex.

Sexual thoughts increase testosterone in women, as does sexual jealousy. Even the variety of feelings during sex itself had gone unrecognised: Instead, the order is often shuffled.

Sex itself can be the trigger for desire and arousal, or a first orgasm might lead to the desire for a second.


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