New study shares surprising finding about sex in marriage

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TAMPA, FL (WFLA) — There’s no doubt, passion is powerful. Couples are consumed by it when they first meet. People call it “crazy in love” for a reason. In fact, experts maintain that the feeling of falling in love produces, in the body, the same effects of cocaine. Sexual desire is strong.

So, how much sex should a married couple be having each week to keep a connection happy and healthy? A new study just released, is making “whoopie” the topic of choice. Everyone seems to be intrigued with the sex research, talking about it and debating the details.

Is there a magic number to achieve maximum satisfaction in a marriage? The answer of how much sex a couple should actually have may surprise you. Experts say more is not necessarily better.

“More sex may not always make you happier,” according to the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.

According to the study, the happiest couples are those who have sex once per week. Who can’t fit one enjoyable moment of afternoon delight into their schedules? Busy, working parents claim it’s easier said than done. Many married couples are already engaged in the battle of exhaustion and stress, making them less likely to enjoy in any sexual activity.

Experts claim that couples will often put sex off for days at a time, which then turn into weeks, and sadly, therapists say, can turn into months. Before you know it, a couple has gone completely off the rails. They are disconnected with the world of resentful, angry space between them. The lack of sex in a relationship can then lead to the demise of that union.

Dr. Dae Sheridan, a woman with a very unique job as a clinical sexologist, tells WFLA this study Is spot-on with its findings.

The journal Social Psychological and Personality Science published the study based on surveys of more than 30,000 Americans. The data was collected for four decades. It’s the first study “to find that association is not there after couples report having sex more than once a week on average,” according to a press release.

“Our findings were consistent for men and women, younger and older people, and couples who had been married for a few years or decades,” lead researcher Amy Muise told the society. The study only looked at couples in romantic relationships. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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