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Married Sex: Are You ‘Normal’?

By Tracey Gaughran |

We all know that physical intimacy is important to maintaining a healthy, happy relationship, and that the absence of sex between romantic partners invariably signals dysfunction and disconnection. In study after study, research shows that the more sex a married couple has, the happier they are, and the less likely they are to consider divorce — underscoring just how important being physically intimate is to keeping the marital bond strong.

So is there an “ideal” or optimal level of sexual activity for couples seeking to keep their relationship on an even keel? What’s “normal” or “average” for most couples, and how does this change as couples age and move through various life changes, like having kids? Are most couples happy with their sex lives?

To answer these questions, I’ve aggregated some of the most recent information and research on sexuality. The findings, as you might suspect, are titillating (cough).

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Married Sex: Are You 'Normal'?

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A 2012 nationally representative study revealed that parents are more likely to have spontaneous sex (54 percent), sex in different places (45 percent), and incorporate a vibrator (34 percent), than couples without children. Who says being married with kids means entering into the sex life doldrums?


How important do you think sex is to a marriage? Do you agree or disagree with these findings? Let me know in comments!


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  1. [...] friend Tracey posted this today over at Babble: ‘Married Sex: Are you ‘Normal’?‘ in which each slide has some interesting facts. This one proves that my husband and I [...]

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