For most people, it’s a routine thing to do: You kiss your partner and say, “Good morning.”
That’s the beginning of the routine.
For others, though, there is a bit more to it.
But for some couples, the sex drive is an issue that can take a toll.
A new study found that one in five couples have experienced the kind of sexual dysfunction that can lead to divorce.
A study of more than 2,200 couples found that sexual dysfunction is a major factor in couples ending their marriages, and in couples who are unhappy with their sexual partners.
What’s driving this issue?
Researchers at Indiana University’s Lilly Family Center, a research and clinical center dedicated to the study of sexuality and the family, found that about 50 percent of couples in the study reported sexual dysfunction, and nearly 20 percent reported it was the result of a child-rearing relationship.
“It’s one of those things that people are afraid to talk about,” says Lori Smith, the center’s director of research.
But sexual dysfunction in the couple doesn’t necessarily mean a divorce.
“A lot of couples have sexual dysfunction and divorce, and it’s not because of the child-raising, it may be because of a number of things,” Smith says.
And it’s important to remember that many couples don’t have children of their own.
So while a child might be the culprit, it can’t be the only cause.
For many couples, a child is a big reason for the divorce.
But even when couples have had kids, Smith says, it isn’t a reason for divorce.
Some couples have children, but they’re also sexually active, and those kids don’t need to be the reason for a divorce, Smith explains.
And many couples aren’t even aware of the issue, she says.
Smith says many couples find it difficult to know when their sex drive has started to change and when it’s about to stop.
For some couples who have children and don’t want them to have to go through this again, it might not be so bad.
“Sometimes people just don’t realize that they have a problem, and they’re afraid to admit that they’re not doing anything wrong,” Smith adds.
“They’re not sure if they’re having an issue with the child or if they have it with their partner.”
A lot of sexual problems can be prevented with a few simple changes.
For one, you can get help to help you manage your sexual desire and urge.
If you’re experiencing symptoms of sexual frustration or depression, it could be a sign of a sex drive issue, Smith suggests.
“Just having these things in your life that can be changed, even though it’s going on, can be really important.”
It can also help to learn about how to address the problem before it becomes a problem.
“The most important thing is just to try to stay focused on what you’re trying to do, not what’s happening in your relationship,” Smith explains, adding that this can be easier said than done.
“You’re going to get stuck at the moment.
It’s not going to change.”
For many people, the idea of having sex is part of a routine.
But as couples find their sexual drive starts to take a back seat, there are other ways to manage it.
“Many couples are very concerned about their sex drives, and some couples have actually stopped having sex altogether,” Smith tells CBS News.
“That can be a real challenge.”
For others though, it is a daily routine.
“Some couples have a lot of sex, and that can cause a lot for their sex life, so it’s really important to have a conversation about how that’s affecting your sex life,” Smith continues.
“This can be an opportunity to find the right balance.
Some people are not comfortable having sex with partners, but it’s an amazing bonding experience that you can have with someone.
It can help your relationship.”
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