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Does Marriage Inhibit Sexual Desire?

  • C. Buddeberg
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Until a few decades ago, marriage was the only place where sexual desire could be shown and lived without scruples. The limitations of personal freedom through marriage were compensated for by the attainment of sexual possibilities and rights. Today, premarital sex is accepted quite widely and is practiced by a large part of the population. As a rule, conclusion of marriage does not mean any longer a gain today, but rather a limitation of sexual freedom to the relation with the marital partner. Is it a consequence of this limitation that ever more men and women have come in recent years to consult physicians, psychotherapists, and sexologists because of lack of libido? It would be too simple to attribute the increase of disturbances of libido to this aspect alone. Sexual appetence is the expression of a complex occurrence, in which biological, psychological, and social factors have their parts. I limit myself in the following to three aspects that make understandable in part why disorders of sexual desire are so frequent today: They are the change in the social meaning of marriage, the discrepancy between the ideal of marriage and its reality, and the value of sex within marriage today.


Sexual Desire Marital Relationship Social Meaning Sexual Disorder Sexual Freedom 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Buddeberg
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  1. 1.Abteilung für Psychosoziale MedizinUniversitätsspital ZürichZürichSwitzerland

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