Couples Are Having Lesser Sex Than Before, Finds a British Study

A study finds that frequency of sex has declined in Britain, especially among early middle-aged people.

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Researchers believe that the pace of modern life could be a reason for such a decline. 

A recent research has revealed that frequency of sex has declined in Britain, especially among early middle-aged people and those who are married or living together.

The study results are crucial when the health benefits of sex are considered. Past evidence has indicated that an active sexual life adds to fitness, happiness, better cognitive function, boosted immunity and more.

The Study

The sample included over 34000 people aged 16 to 44, and considered heterosexual as well as homosexual intercourse.

Some of the significant findings were:

  • Fewer than half of men and women aged 16 to 44 have sex at least once a week.
  • Those aged under 25 years and those currently single are less likely to be sexually active.
  • The steepest declines were observed in sexual frequency in those aged 25 and over and those married or cohabiting.
  • The proportion of men and women saying that they would prefer more frequent sex increased.
  • Men and women in better physical and mental health report having sex more frequently, as do those who are fully employed and those with higher earnings.

According to CNN, lead author Kaye Wellings, professor of sexual and reproductive health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said in a news release,

Several factors are likely to explain this decline, but one may be the sheer pace of modern life. 

She added that those most affected are in mid-life, which is also the lot that started families at older ages than previous generations, and are busy with children, work and responsibilities towards old parents.

A Look at India

According to an IANS report, a study by researchers from Sir Ganga Ram Hospital on 745 patients revealed,

Every third person above 40 years in India suffers from lack of libido due to testosterone deficiency syndrome (TDS).

Some of the symptoms reported by these patients were lack of energy, poor erection and loss of libido.

Dr Sudhir Chadha, the author of the study, explained that the syndrome might be linked to ‘Vitamin D deficiency, diabetes and coronary heart disease.’

TDS is a real phenomenon with a prevalence of 28.99 per cent in our study population which means that every third person above the age of 40 years is suffering from testosterone deficiency.

(With inputs from IANS)

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