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Women's Sex Drive Issues Could Be a Medical Problem

By: Justin Ware Email
By: Justin Ware Email

"Happy Valentine's day, would you like a condom from sex out loud?"

Talking about sex out loud is no problem for UW student Ann Slabosky.

After all, she is the head of a student group that focuses on sex.

But for some women, sex is the last they thing that want to think about.

"They're very stressed out, they have a high class load," said Slabosky, "they're not having enough time to work out, things like that and that will cause them to not really want to have sex as much as their boyfriends want them to have sex."

Slabosky helps other students with sexual issues and says some problems can be as simple as a lack of communication.

But Doctor Leslie Taylor says for other women, it's a health problem.

And it's not unusual.

"This is a problem that affects around one in three women," said Taylor.

Taylor says low sex drive could be the result of a medical condition and therefore could be treated with drugs.

But Taylor also says proving that is not easy to do, since diagnosing a low sex drive in women is not nearly as easy as it is in men.

"Men are either functioning or they're not functioning and it's pretty obvious for everyone to see," said Taylor, Dean Foundation executive director, "but for women sexual functioning is usually more complex, which makes it more difficult to study."

That's why Taylor and the Dean Foundation are about to conduct a study on women's sexual health, hoping to find the female version of viagra.

And, make a big difference for a lot of couples.

"Well it could make a huge difference," said Taylor, "if the drug is affective that's of course what we're hoping to find out by doing this study."

Doctor Taylor says they're still looking for more women to participate in the study.

If you're interested, the phone number is (608)827-2300.


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