Sexual satisfaction and desire discrepancy in same sex women's relationships


We explored desire discrepancy and sexual satisfaction among a sample of 1072 women in same-sex relationships. Results indicated that those who reported problematic desire discrepancy in the relationship had lower frequency of sexual contact and were less satisfied in their sexual relationships than both women who reported nonproblematic desire discrepancy and women with equal experiences of desire. In addition, problematic desire discrepancy was predictive of sexual dissatisfaction above and beyond other relationship factors. The findings suggest that caution should be taken when working with women in same sex relationships to avoid assumptions that discrepancy in desire is necessarily indicative of lower sexual satisfaction. Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

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Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy