Do Men and Women Have Different Sex Drives?

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 1:00 PM

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Breaking Down Stereotypes

So if men and women are similar in the amount of time they think about sex, how do their sex drives compare? Does the stereotype that men want it all the time and women are only in the mood once and a while hold true? Again we look to the research. Spontaneous thoughts about sex are just one component of what makes up the “strength of sexual motivation.

According to researchers at the Department of Psychology at Case Western Reserve University, men have been shown to have more frequent and more intense sexual desires than women, as reflected in

  • frequency and variety of sexual fantasies
  • desired frequency of intercourse
  • desired number of partners
  • masturbation
  • liking for various sexual practices
  • willingness to forego sex
  • initiating versus refusing sex
  • making sacrifices for sex

Leading the researchers to conclude that in this case the stereotype is in fact true,

"the male sex drive is stronger than the female sex drive"

It's Complicated

What makes male and female sex drives different? It would be easy to blame the differences on hormones, but there’s much more to it than that. Here are just a few of the ways that men and women’s libidos differ: