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The Average Person Does It 103 Times a Year, And Other Surprising Stats

By Lori Garcia |

Women’s Day reported that the average person has sex 103 times per year. Let’s do some quick math here…that comes out to sex every 3½ days. I’m impressed…but then again, I’ve been married 13 years.

In a completely informal personally conducted poll of married people, I found the average married couple gets busy half as often or roughly once a week with special considerations made for vacation and birthday sex. (Just reporting the facts.)

According to sex and relationship expert Ian Kerner, PhD, “In general, sex begets sex, and sex ruts beget sex ruts. If you focus on having sex once a week, you’re probably going to end up having it more often as you’ll be more tuned in and generally turned on.” Ladies, would you agree?

In addition, 84 percent of women engage in sex to get their man to help out around the house. For serious? That seems like a really high number too! I’m all for getting my husband to unload the dishwasher but I’d rather save the sex bribes for the big stuff.

As far as sexual satisfaction was concerned, 48 percent of folks reported being satisfied with the quality of their sex life. Dr. Kerner suggests, “Sometimes you’re into sex, and other times you’re not. But the real satisfaction from which great sex emanates is the relationship you have before the sex occurs.” Hear, hear.

If you’ve ever considered sleeping in separate bedrooms, 12 percent of the married population thinks it’s a grand idea. Dr. Kerner suggests that while his and her bedrooms can be beneficial to a good night’s rest, failure to sleep in the same bed will make you less likely to have sex which can leave your relationship vulnerable to outside influences.

For even more sex stats, visit Women’s Day’s Sex by the Numbers.

Were you surprised by these sex stats?

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Lori Garcia

Lori Garcia is a writer and mother of two living and loving in Southern California. When she's not fussing with her bangs, you can find her shaking her groove thing on her personal blog, Mommyfriend where she almost never combines true tales of motherhood and mayhem with her degree in child development. Read bio and latest posts → Read Lori's latest posts →

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8 thoughts on “The Average Person Does It 103 Times a Year, And Other Surprising Stats

  1. bob says:

    Nice write-up.

  2. Sharyn says:

    How many weeks do you have in your year, because I have 52, which would add up to almost exactly twice a week.

  3. Diane says:

    @sharyn- twice a week is every 3 1/2 days.

  4. Linda, T.O.O. says:

    @Sharyn, how is “every 3&1/2 days” different from twice a week?

  5. mommyfriend says:

    Sharyn pointed out my ridiculously horrid math skills. I have since made the correction to the article. Thanks Sharyn :)

  6. Ladera Mom says:

    I want more info on how to get men to help around the house, without using sex!

  7. Sharyn says:


    I’m contemplating sending a screenshot of this to my father to show him that once in a great while I actually CAN do math without inflicting any serious harm on anyone.

  8. mommyfriend says:

    Ha! Sharyn…lemme guess…auditor? ;) Anyways, thanks for your help once again (cradles calculator).

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