Accessibly written, this interdisciplinary book reviews theory and research on the characteristics of sexual desire, the individual physical and mental factors that influence the experience of sexual desire (hormones, age, gender, beliefs, mood), the various partner characteristics that incite sexual desire (attractiveness) and the association between sexual desire and interpersonal, relational events and experiences (romantic love). The book concludes with an examination of the personal, interpersonal and societal implications of sexual desire. Throughout, the authors draw on findings from their own body of research on sexual and romantic attraction, as well as on an extensive review of the relevant social, behavioural and medical science

Sexual Desire: The Body (Part II)

Sexual desire: The body (Part II)

As was apparent from the last chapter, hormonal processes have been the subject of much investigation by researchers interested in determining the causes and correlates of sexual desire. Other, perhaps no less important, internal factors have not received as much attention. We conclude our examination of the “body” of desire by considering physical health, age, sex or gender, and drug use.

Physical Health

The association between physical health and sexual desire has only recently been examined. However, questionnaire and interview studies consistently demonstrate an association between serious physical illness or disability and chronically or temporarily decreased sexual desire. For example, in a study conducted by Schreiner-Engel, Schiavi, Vietorisz, Eichel, and Smith (1985), diabetic women and ...

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