New Babies Affect Daddies' Sex Drive Too

According to a new study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, moms are not the only ones struggling with low sex drive after childbirth. Live Science reports that dads are also affected by the birth of a new baby in much the same way as moms.

The study found that life changes related to raising a new baby were often to blame for the lack of sexual desire in both partners. The demands of a new baby, lack of sleep, fatigue, and not being able to make the time for sex, were among the reasons that parents listed for having lower sexual desires after having a baby.

"People typically presume that hormonal changes or, more controversially, 'messy vaginas'…explain birth mothers' lack of sexuality, and that co-parents can't wait to be sexual," study researcher Sari van Anders, assistant professor of psychology and women's studies at the University of Michigan, exlained. "Our present research demonstrates that co-parents also experience variations in sexuality that relate to the very real social and relational changes that occur with having a baby.

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