Traditional Markers Of Sexual Desire

Evidence from nationally representative community samples of midlife women confirms that spontaneous sexual thinking is rather infrequent in the majority of sexually healthy women in long-term relationships (38,46,47).

Fantasies, which are a marker of sexual desire in DSM-IV-TR may, in fact, serve as a deliberate means of creating arousal and reinforcing desire. Data confirm the clinical experience that women fantasize to deliberately focus on their sexual feelings and avoid the distractions that are interfering with their sexual response (47).

Awareness of sexual desire is not the most frequent reason women accept or initiate sexual activity (1 -6).

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