Couples Are Having Less Sex, According to Research

In the middle of a dry spell? You’re not alone.
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By Stephanie Grassullo, Associate Editor
Updated May 13, 2019
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The amount of sex couples have is at an all-time low over the course of the past two decades, according to UK research. Specifically, British people who are married or living with a partner have sex less often. The lack of intimacy, however, doesn’t reflect people’s desires. The majority of women and almost two-thirds of men want more sex, according the the survey.

While sex is on the decline for married pairs, single people didn’t report a decline in their sex life. It makes sense. Parents tend to get so caught up in their day-to-day responsibilities, they put their relationship with their partner on the backburner. But physical intimacy is an important part of every relationship, and helps couples secure a strong physical and emotional connection.

While married or couples living together had slightly more sex in 2001 than in 1991, the group reported less in 2012 than in either of the previous years surveyed. Although the results are based on couples in the UK, the overall findings match those in other countries, including the US, reports CNN.

According to the relationship counseling sessions on Lasting, a research-based app to help marriages last, “the secret to a satisfying sex life has nothing to do with romantic feelings, technique or even frequency. Research has found that good sex is related to two main factors: maintaining a strong emotional connection and having conversations about your sexual preferences with your partner."

If your sex life has been lackluster, take comfort in knowing you’re not alone and that there are a handful of easy ways to get the flame going again. For starters, try showering together or incorporating these seven sexy tips into your routine, and don’t be afraid to turn to a professional for some guidance. The Lasting app works right out of the palm of your hands, so you can strengthen your relationship without ever having to leave the comfort of your couch.

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