Men initiate sex more than three times as often as women do in a long-term, heterosexual relationship. However, sex happens far more often when the woman takes the initiative, suggesting it is the woman who sets limits, and passion plays a significant role in sex frequency, suggests a new study

Men initiate sex more than three times as often as women do in a long-term, heterosexual relationship. However, sex happens far more often when the woman takes the initiative, suggesting it is the woman who sets limits, and passion plays a significant role in sex frequency, suggests a new study

  • Men initiate sex more than three times as often as women do in a long-term, heterosexual relationship.
  • Women’s attitudes to casual sex play a major role, which may seem strange at first glance when talking about sex in long-term relationships.
  • Women who tend to be more open to casual sexual relationships differentiate between positive, physical aspects of sex and relational and emotional aspects of a relationship to a greater extent.
  • Often, whether one has sex or not is a compromise between the parties, and women who differentiate more between sex and other aspects are probably more willing to compromise.
  • It’s not as simple as there being more sex just because the couple love and trust each other.
  • Only the passion in the relationship can help predict the frequency of sex.
  • “Passion is actually the only one of these factors that matters. We didn’t find any association between any of the other aspects and how often people have sex in couple relationships,” says Grøntvedt.