We’re all a little sex obsessed. Who’s having it? Who isn’t? Is it better than the sex I’m having?
Luckily science is just as into researching sex as the rest of us are into talking about it.
A survey has now revealed the point in every relationship when sexual satisfaction with a long term partner peaks.
The survey asked 3,000 couples aged between 25 to 41 ‘Does sexual satisfaction change with relationship duration?’ each year for three years.
The results showed that, for most people, sexual satisfaction steadily increased over the first six months of a relationship and then peaked during the second six months of the relationship, after the couple had been together for six to 12 months.
After this point, the survey results indicated that generally sexual satisfaction began to decline; a trend thought to be directly correlated to the decrease in regularity of sex the participants reported.
The survey, published in the Archives of Sexual Behaviour, included questions such as ‘How satisfied are you with your sex life?’ and ‘How often do you have sex?
In a nutshell, long term relationships do see peaks and troughs of sexual satisfaction.
The research largely tells us what we already know, but unlike previous studies found that ‘cohabitation and marriage were not found to play a role for sexual satisfaction in our data’.
While the science of sex is still a relatively enigmatic area of human behaviour, couples everywhere will continue to enjoy participating in the research.