There are many issues that can lead to individuals being dissatisfied with their marriages. However, new research has shed light on a potential cause that has not been focused on before.
Two studies were conducted over the course of 1 year and 4 years. The studies measured sexual desire of both partners, their marital satisfaction, and a few other measures.
These studies found that women’s had lower sexual desire at the beginning of marriage, compared to their husbands, and their desire was more variable. The husband’s desire was much higher and consistent in both studies. This was true even when the couples had children during the study, though women’s desire fell even more sharply after having children. However, sexual frequency did not change, even with declining sexual desire. This indicates that woman were having sex, even when they did not desire it. Not only was declining sexual desire and indicator for women to have declining marital satisfaction, it was an indicator for both partners.