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Too busy or too tired, the women who put passion last on their list


By ANDREW LEVY - More by this author » Last updated at 22:00pm on 18th February 2007 commentIconSm.gif Comments

agnesDM180207_228x344.jpgAgnes Poirier: 'Sex is important to the French, but not the British'



Trying to juggle careers, households, family and friends keeps most women more than busy.

So busy, in fact, that sex can end up just another obligation to wearily fulfil.

In fact British women in their 40s and early 50s are more likely to have a low sex drive than their European counterparts.

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A staggering 48 per cent said they had started losing interest in sex, a survey found.

This compared with 43 per cent in Holland, 35 per cent in France, 33 per cent in Germany, 32 per cent in Italy and just 21 per cent in Switzerland.

And far from being concerned at the lack of passion in their lives, more than a third of British women said an active sex life was simply no longer important to them.

A total of 1,805 postmenopausal women from six countries - Britain, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and the Netherlands - took part in the survey, which appears in the European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Reproductive Biology.

Although some menopausal symptoms are to be expected at this age, British women seem to be hardest hit.

They had the most hot flushes, sleep problems, irritability, headaches and depression.

Such findings suggest other factors apart from the menopause could be playing a part.

This would support a recent claim from American obstetrician Brent W Bost, who said millions of women were victims of 'time famine'.

Typical sufferers were aged 25 to 55 with children. Symptoms included fatigue, low sex drive and mood swings. Paula Hall, a relationship specialist with Relate, said British women simply had too much to juggle in their lives.

'Tiredness and stress are the two biggest factors for low sexual desire,' she said.

'They stop you from spending time with a partner and women need to communicate to feel close and intimate.

'The solution is simply spending more time together. But that French writer, told the Independent on Sunday: 'Having a healthy sex life is part of our culture.

'Love and sex are the same thing and it's a serious thing.

'In Britain, sex is something that is laughed about and there is clumsiness about love and sex.

'Take the Page Three girl in the tabloids, presented as you would meat at the butcher's.'

Ursula Heinen, 49, a mother of three from Munich, said: 'A healthy sex life is as good for the brain as it is for the body.

'It keeps your adrenalin flowing, making you feel fit and in a good mood.'

Louise Widmer, 52, from Geneva, said sex was about 'sharing something with your partner and making them happy too, whether or not you have a headache'.

But British mother of one Kate Johnson, 52, pointed out that women could be reluctant to have sex with good reason.

'Continental men tend to exercise more and take greater care of themselves,' she said. 'British men don't look after themselves.

It's the drinking culture that affects them, with their big beer bellies.'

Dr Rossella Nappi, from the Centre for Reproductive Medicine at the University of Pavia, Italy, led the study. She said sexuality was a complex mixture of biological, psychological and social issues.

'Maybe in the UK a woman feels a woman independently from being a sexual object,' she added. 'Maybe that is why they complain more and we complain less.'

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