When women aren’t interested in sex, it’s usually blamed on previous trauma or psychological issues, but researchers at Detroit’s Wayne University are saying that it’s the brain, not the mind that’s leading women to roll over and play “tired”. The researchers’ main argument is that women who have “hypoactive sexual desire disorder” (HSDD) actually have a different brain response to sex, making the problem physical, not mental. But skeptics say that the differing brain response could be due to a number of pre-existing conditions, including psychological and emotional issues.
Researchers found 19 women who’d been diagnosed with “hypoactive sexual desire disorder” (HSDD), and monitored their brain activity while watching everyday television interspersed with erotic videos. They also monitored the brain activity of 7 “normal” women during the same activity; those diagnosed with HSDD showed no response to the erotic videos, while the other women did.
We’re glad that science is coming closer to explanations for low libido and sexual dysfunction, but we have to side with the skeptics on this one: The researchers might be finding one piece of the puzzle, but we’re not convince they found the root of the problem. What do you think — is brain activity the chicken or the egg when it comes to sexual desire?
via BBC News