Women have less sex now than in 1950s

By Deborah Condon

Women have less sex today than 50 years ago and a busier lifestyle may be to blame, the results of a new study indicate.

Researchers questioned over 850 women, all of whom had been in a heterosexual relationship for at least six months.

They found that just over 40% of women who live with their partners have sex two to three times per week. However among married women, this drops to around 33%.

The researchers from the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction in America, said that figures from the 1950s indicate that women were having more sex at that time.

They said that this may partly be down to the fact that women are more likely to have jobs today, even while raising children, compared to the 1950s when most women stayed at home to raise children.

Fifty years ago few women had jobs, most homes had no television sets and common activities, such as going to the gym, simply did not exist. This left more leisure time, which appears to have been filled in part by sex, the researchers conclude.

The study is due to be published in an upcoming issue of the medical journal, 'Archives of Sexual Behaviour'.

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