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Women Have Better Sex When in Love

Women and men contrast each other in many ways – they can be especially different when it comes to physical intimacy and desire. While men are more likely to enjoy sex without a committed partner, research suggests sex is more physically satisfying for a woman when she has a special connection and is in love with her significant other. Keep reading to learn more about what science has to say about this. We’ll also discuss how couples therapy in Orange County may be able to help out as well.

The Connection Between Sex and Love

In a study from Pennsylvania State, researchers performed a series of in-depth interviews with 95 heterosexual women between the ages of 20 and 68 from a range of backgrounds. They found that a majority of the women stated that love was necessary for maximum satisfaction in both sexual relationships and marriage.

Researchers discovered the benefits of being in love with a sexual partner are more than just emotional. Most of the women in the study said that love made sex physically more pleasurable.

“Women said that they connected love with sex and that love actually enhanced the physical experience of sex,” said Dr. Beth Montemurro, associate professor of sociology.

Women who felt a strong love towards their sexual partners also said they felt less inhibited and more willing to explore their sexuality.

“When women feel love, they may feel greater sexual agency because they not only trust their partners but because they feel that it is OK to have sex when love is present,” Montemurro said.

Montemurro presented her findings at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association.

While 50 of the 95 women interviewed said that love was not necessary for sex, only 18 of the women unequivocally believed that love was unnecessary in a sexual relationship. Older women who were interviewed indicated that this connection between love, sex, and marriage remained important throughout their lifetimes, not just in certain eras of their lives.

Cultural Attitudes About Sex

“The connection between love and sex may show how women are socialized to see sex as an expression of love,” Montemurro said.

Culturally, women are still expected to connect sex and love, and despite decades of the women’s rights movement and an increased awareness of women’s sexual desire, the media continues to frown upon girls and women who have sex outside of committed relationships.

“On one hand, the media may seem to show that casual sex is OK, but at the same time, movies and television, especially, tend to portray women who are having sex outside of relationships negatively,” said Montemurro.

In a similar way, the media often portray marriage as largely sexless, even though the participants in the study said that sex was an important part of their marriage, according to Montemurro.

“For the women I interviewed, they seemed to say you need love in sex and you need sex in marriage,” said Montemurro.

In order to have a strong relationship with your partner, physical intimacy is a way to feel close and safe with your significant other. However, to have a physical relationship, most women feel that they must love their partner. This study shows that feelings of love are an important, vital component of any lasting relationship or marriage.

Strengthen Your Relationship With Couples Therapy in Orange County

As we see in the findings of this study, sex is an important part of any loving relationship, and it’s well-known that physical intimacy can deepen the emotional connection between two people. However, relationships also need communication, understanding, respect, and empathy along with sexual intimacy in order to be lasting. If you feel like you and your partner could use some help with these aspects of your relationship, couples therapy in orange county can help. Counseling is investing in your relationship, which is important even for relationships that are already healthy.

Jennifer De Francisco, MPA, MSW, LCSW, is a couples therapist in Newport Beach, CA, for couples at any stage in their relationship. Her approach provides a safe environment to openly and honestly share thoughts and emotions. Through developing a positive, therapeutic relationship, you and your partner can interpret what is going on, both in your life and in the session, creating a better awareness within your relationship. Contact Jennifer De Francisco by calling (949) 251-8797 or make an appointment online.

Source: Pennsylvania State

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