December 31, 2001 00:00 ISTDesire's Obstacle Course
Male Climacteric: A group of symptoms faced by men over 60. These may be impotency, general fatigue, poor concentration and irritability and are attributed to low levels of free testosterone. But with testosterone-replacement therapy, this can be corrected.
Menopause: The beginning of old-age problems for most women. The vaginal passage becomes smaller, lubrication can become a problem and, therefore, the desire for sex may proportionately diminish. However, there is hope in hormone-replacement therapy.
Disinterest: More generally supposed than true. Curiously, studies reveal that sexual disinterest is usually more common in people who were deprived of physical or emotional satisfaction in relationships of their youth.
Boredom: It's "psychological fatigue" which is the more inclusive term as this particular kind of clinical boredom may be due to a host of reasons. Prime among them are decline in overall fitness, cultural inhibitions and low self-esteem.
Abstention: Keeping off sex is not a good idea if you want to return to it.