Women More Likely Than Men to Lose Sex Spark

In long-term relationships, women are more likely than men to lose interest in sex, a new study finds.

Researchers surveyed more than 4,800 men and nearly 6,700 women in Britain, ages 16-74, and found that 15 percent of men and 34 percent of women said they lacked interest in sex for three months or more in the previous year, USA Today reported.

Reasons for lack of interest in sex included age, health and depression, according to the study in the journal BMJ Open.

It also found that women were more likely than men to lose interest in sex when living with a partner or while in a relationship for longer than a year.

Communication was crucial in maintaining an active sex life. Women and men who said it was "always easy to talk about sex" were more likely to maintain sexual interest.

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