How much sex is normal?

Does more sex make you happier? According to a recent study, yes, happiness levels and higher sexual frequency are linked. But the study also found that while having sex makes us happy, thinking we are having as much as, or more, sex than our peers makes us even happier. But how much sex is normal?

A report from the Kinsey Institute breaks down sexual activity in over 50s, and the results might surprise you. All activities refer to the past year.

Masturbation

Men

Women

None

37 per cent

53 per cent

A few times a year

25 per cent

34 per cent

A few times a month

20 per cent

11 per cent

A few times a week

13 per cent

1 per cent

Four or more times per week

4.5 per cent

0.5 per cent

Received oral sex

Men

Women

None

61 per cent

74 per cent

In the past year

39 per cent

26 per cent

Sexual intercourse

Men

Women

None

46 per cent

58 per cent

A few times a year

18 per cent

14 per cent

A few times a month

25 per cent

20 per cent

A few times a week

10 per cent

7 per cent

Four or more times per week

1 per cent

1 per cent

But is this really a good indication of ‘normal’? And is ‘normal’ necessarily healthy?

It is also a good idea to note that this study covers adults ranging from 50 to 80 years of age which is, in many people’s opinions, far too broad.

It is also important to remember that less sex does not equate less love. Many couples are happy and fulfilled simply spending time with one another. For many companionship, trust and mutual reliability are more important than what happens between the sheets.

To answer the original question ‘normal’ is, according to these results, not having sex at all. How much sex other people are having should not, however, determine your own activities. It is important to work out what will make you happiest, whether this lines up with your partner’s wishes and needs, and then to try to find a happy medium.

What do you think? Is it important to talk about sex to help remove the social stigma from the subject? Or is this better left behind closed doors?



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