Forget the seven-year itch, because thanks to a new, semi-depressing study, it looks like happy couples are now facing a 12-month itch when it comes to their relationship. That’s right, science says that after a year sexual satisfaction hits its… well, climax.
And here we thought it took years.
Researchers in Munich polled 3,000 people between the ages of 25 and 41 and asked them a very important question: to rank their sex lives. The trick was that these folks weren’t just asked once or twice about their sexual satisfaction; they were asked on several occasions to rate how things were going in between the sheets.
The answers were pretty unanimous across the board: people were at their sexual happiest roughly a year into their relationship, with excitement tapering out after that. The good news is that people weren’t bored of their partners, per se, they just weren’t any happier than before that year-long mark.
Even better news is that according to the study, children have no real impact when it came to sexual satisfaction. Unsurprisingly, it was actually arguments between couples that led to less time in the sack. Couples who argued more were less likely to get it on, confirming that make-up sex isn’t as hot as once believed.
Or, maybe it is. But only before you’ve been in a relationship for a year.
Other ways to spice it up? Well obviously changing up your routine or trying to add some more spontaneity to the whole ordeal is always a good idea. But there’s always something to be said about scheduling in some sexy time. Like going to the gym, cooking a healthy meal or anything else that tends to be really good for you, we often shrug it off in favour of doing less fun, more menial things like work.
So basically, go and get it on already and prove science wrong. Hey, it wouldn’t be the first time.