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How can sexual boredom affect a relationship?

Jan L. Shifren, MD
Reproductive Endocrinology
Once the honeymoon period is over, almost every couple has to contend with some sexual boredom sooner or later. The person who was once so electrifyingly mysterious to you may become as comfortable -- and as alluring -- as an old shoe. Sex may not even seem worth the trouble when you're facing the same old lovemaking routines.

When sexual activity wanes, other types of physical affection often fade, too. This lack of any kind of physical connection or affection often contributes to emotional distance between you and your partner. As a result, it's all the more difficult to resume sexual intimacy later on. But because inhibitions often lessen with age, sex at 50 or 60 can include a level of creativity, passion, and playfulness you wouldn't have dreamed of in your younger years.

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