Very often, you find the source of the problem can be traced to the particular motivation," Richard Carroll says.
If you need help, you can find a qualified sex therapist in your area through organizations such as the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapist (AASECT) or The Society for Sex Therapy and Research.
The review, published online in Sexuality & Culture, shows other most frequently cited reasons for having sex include: Understanding why people seek sex is not always a simple task.
Most studies have involved college undergraduates, a "sample of convenience" for university researchers but one that is often very limiting.
"Men often start out being body centered," says University of Hartford adjunct psychology professor Janell Carroll. As men reach their 40s, 50s, and 60s, their relationship becomes more important." Richard Carroll has been counseling couples with sexual issues for more than two decades.
"Women actually become more like men over time in that often, early on, sex is about initiating, developing, strengthening, and maintaining relationships, but in a long-term relationship they can actually focus on pleasure." Despite these general observations, research also suggests that there has been a big convergence in sexual attitudes among men and women in recent years.
Motivations generally fall into four main categories, according to psychologists at UT-Austin who asked more than 1,500 undergraduate college students about their sexual attitudes and experiences: Generally speaking, men seek sex because they like how it feels.
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