A new study finds sex is required for a strong marriage - surprised?
As Marilyn Monroe once said, "We are all born sexual creatures, thank God, but it's a pity so many people despise and crush this natural gift." A new study by researchers Adena Galinsky and Linda J. Waite from the University of Chicago says sex is key if partners want to have a happy marriage. See what else the study learned from hundreds of couples interviewed.
When generating results, Galinsky and Waite interviewed 732 couples all between the ages of 57 and 85. Each interview discussed sexual frequency, psychological state and overall satisfaction with marriage.
If you guessed that the married men and women who had more sexual encounters with their mate - not just intercourse - were happier, you guessed right. For long term partners, the inherent benefits of sex are obvious, but here's a quick list:
- For women, orgasms help strengthen the pelvic floor which reduces bladder problems
- Sex lowers the risk of heart attack in men and women
- Vaginal stimulation can block chronic back and leg pain
- Sex improves sleep
However, for the couples having less sex and less frequent sexual encounters, this impacts the couples sense of intimacy and ultimately the satisfaction of their marriage.
The results of this study urged married couples to protect their union by engaging in sexual activity, especially later in life. According to them, sex should still occur "even as health problems render familiar forms of sexual interaction difficult or impossible."
Galinsky's and Waite's research suggests that caretakers and physicians should pay attention to the sex life of older couples. This advice does not mean paying attention to only sexual health and the use contraceptives, but also paying attention to the frequency of sexual interactions or lack thereof.
This study goes to show that the more sex you have the better you feel, especially as the body progresses towards old age. It promotes health, aids sleep and fights disease. Are there any reasons an older couple should not be have sex? According to this study, the answer is no.