A new study has revealed how many times married couples need to have s*x to experience optimal happiness in their relationship.
The US study was based on a survey of more than 30,000 Americans in four decades and was published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science.
“Although more frequent s*x is associated with greater happiness, this link was no longer significant at a frequency of more than once a week. Our findings suggest that it’s important to maintain an intimate connection with your partner, but you don’t need to have s*x everyday as long as you’re maintaining that connection,” said lead researcher Amy Muise, a social psychologist and postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto-Mississauga.
Researchers noted that the study was not designed to show cause-and-effect, so it remains unknown whether happiness leads to weekly s*x, or if weekly s*x arouses more joy in life. The study also said its research is limited to people in romantic relationships only, not single people.
“In fact, there was no association between s*xual frequency and well-being for single people,” said Muise.
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The findings were also consistent across age groups, gender and the length of the relationship — whether months or decades. Muise said couples should discuss whether their s*xual needs are being met, rather than simply press for more s*x.
“It’s important to maintain an intimate connection with your partner without putting too much pressure on engaging in s*x as frequently as possible,” she said.