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Sweet spot for sex frequency is once weekly, study says

Loving couple lying in bed.
Loving couple lying in bed.
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Couples that hope to make each other happier with more sex might find out once a week is all they need, according to research published this month in the journal “Social Psychology and Personality Science.”

Social Psychologist Amy Muise with the University of Toronto led the data-crunching on 25,510 Americans, including more than 60% in established relationships. While having sex less frequently than once a week made for less happy couples, researchers found an upper limit to the amount of happiness sex can provide.

What's your experience been? And how much does libido factor in?


Rachel Kramer Bussel, Writer on the subject of sexuality