Watch out! Stress can lead to ‘sexual burnout’

If you find yourself suffering from decreased libido or disinterest in sexual activity, it may be that you are experiencing sexual burnout.

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Sexual burnout is real. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Geetika Sachdev Published on: 26 March 2022, 18:37 pm IST
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We have heard the word ‘sexual burnout’ time and again, especially during the pandemic. Long working hours, coupled with domestic responsibilities, led to depletion of our mental, physical, and emotional reserves, leaving us tired and exhausted all the time. But did you know that sexual burnout is also a reality?

No, we are not kidding. If you or your partner are facing decreased libido or erectile dysfunction, decrease in orgasm, or general disinterest in sexual activities, you must pay attention to the signs.

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Why do you sometimes feel disinterested in sex?Image courtesy: Shutterstock

In a recent Instagram post, Dr Yuvraj Jadeja, has discussed what sexual burnout really is. Now, we may have several stressors in our lives, but they can have a serious impact, even on our sex lives. Our sexual pleasure is highly dependent on how handle stress and where that stress is coming from. Since our genitals are the most honest part of our bodies, they almost always communicate if you are stressed.

The findings, published in the International Journal of Impotence Research, are the first on this link, although the effects of chronic anxiety and depression are well-documented. In the case of women, they experienced vaginal dryness and fewer orgasms.

“Stress can significantly affect your sexual arousal. In a study, personal burnout was recorded to be an independent risk factor for deteriorated erection,” adds Dr Yuvraj.

But is sexual burnout for real?

Yes, it is. As per research by the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University, nearly half of the correspondents reported a decline in the frequency of sexual behaviour throughout the pandemic, including masturbation. However, 1 in 5 people did say that they did try something new during this time, including different positions, phone sex, or even sexting.

And if you thought sexual burnout impacts your relationship with your partner, wait till you hear that it also affects solo sex. Although self-pleasure is said to be a good way to relieve stress, for some, it became more of something that was a chore rather than a fun-filled activity.

Also Read: Stressed at work? These are 5 ways in which it could affect your sex life

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Keep stress at bay fpr a healthy sex life. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

How can you avoid sexual burnout?

Here’s how you can identify the signs of sexual burnout:

* Know your body’s signs for stress. Each body is different.
* Make a self-care plan. Schedule a massage or even a 10-minute break interval in your schedule.
* Talk and communicate with your partner/partners.
* Talk to a professional if your symptoms are unmanageable.

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Geetika Sachdev Geetika Sachdev

An independent writer and journalist, Geetika loves sharp and fresh humour, just like her coffee! If not writing, you'll find her cafe-hopping and raiding the best book stores in town.

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