Over the lifespan, men and women both experience fluctuations in libido, or sexual desire. This is normal. However, sometimes an individual's low desire is chronic. A chronically low libido can result from stress, health issues, medications, hormone changes, and/or relationship issues, as well as many other factors. When there is a sexual desire mismatch, both partners are often very distressed and frustrated. For the partner with low libido, he or she often avoids sex, declines sex, or prepares for the "chore" of sex. For the partner with higher libido, sex is either battle or recurrent intimate rejection. Stress about the sexual relationship is high for both partners. Through specific home exercises and talk therapy, a trained sex counselor can identify all the components that are contributing to the low desire, and which are the most important to address to resolve the stress. Sex therapy gives each partner the space to feel all their emotions, be true to themselves, and communicate more effectively with their partner.