How Often Do Married People Have Sex??

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How Often Do Married People Have Sex??

Is Sex Important And How Often Should We Have It??

I know that sex isn’t the only thing that is important in a relationship, but it ranks pretty high up in my book.  I am always in a good mood after a great intimate evening!

80% of married couples have sex a few times a month or more

I got to thinking about how often married people (or people in a long term relationship) actually have sex.  I decided to do some research and see if I could find an answer for myself.  Although, I’m not sure if I really want to know, because then I might start to feel like I’m not getting enough!

 

Does Age Matter?

 

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I started by looking at some data from research that was done by the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior.  This information is from 2009 and includes responses from over 5,000 adults that were married.  It seems like the younger married couples had sex more often than the older married couples.  Approximately 35% of married couples up to the age of 29 stated that they had sex two or three times a week.  While about half of the married couples in their 30s and 40s had sex a few times a month.

 

What Married Couples Are Saying

According to a study titled “The Social Organization of Sexuality: Sexual Practices in the United States” done in 1994 by the University of Chicago, almost 80% of married couples have sex a few times a month or more.  32% of those couples reported that they had sex two to three times per week and 47% reported having sex a few times per month.

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What Is The Magic Number?

A study that was published by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology surveyed 30,000 Americans for 4 decades and found that having sex daily did not mean that couples were happier.  One of the researchers, Amy Muise, isn’t sure why most people felt that having sex once a week was ideal, but says “it might be the frequency that people feel is enough to maintain their intimate connection.”

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Now that I’ve seen the numbers, I’m still not sure how many times people should be having sex every week or month.  I believe that sex should be something that couples enjoy when they want it and not according to a schedule.  Sex can always be spontaneous and doesn’t have to last for hours.  Everyone should have sex as much as they want and not worry about keeping up with other couples.

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