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How much sex is too much sex? Let’s see what science has to say

Published on:21 November 2020, 15:42pm IST
Sex is healthy, fun, and an important part of life. But what happens when you have too much sex? Well, we’ll let science answer that question for you.
Shreya Gupta
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Sex is a part of life and is as natural as our existence. Research suggests that sex is linked to greater well-being and happiness in relationships. But what happens when you have far too much sex? Does it have any repercussions on the body or mind? Well, if you want to know the answer, then keep reading: 

To understand what’s considered too much sex, first, you need to know what’s considered normal

According to the Kinsey Institute—a research institution exploring sexuality, relationships, and well-being—people in the age group 18 to 29 have sex 112 times per year, on average. Whereas, among 30- 39-year-olds the number is 86 times per year and 69 times for people who are between the age of 40-49. This is the average amount of sex people have according to their age.

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So, if you are having more than the average, is it too much?

There’s no such thing as too much sex, but ladies, you should always listen to your body. If you’re sore or tired or not lubricated enough, then it’s your body’s way of telling not to have sex. 

While experts believe that having sex once or twice a week is healthy, but if sex is all you think about then it’s not normal. Sex addiction exists and it can be quite dangerous for you. 

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If the thought of sex and/or your sexual habits are interrupting your everyday life, relationships, and routine then it might have reached the level of “too much” we were talking about before. And it is best to consult a doctor or therapist as soon as possible.

Also, read: If you answer yes to 5 of these questions, then you’re watching too much porn

But if you are still confused, ask yourself these questions—which according to the Mayo Clinic which can help you decide whether you really need to seek professional help:

  1. Can I manage my sexual impulses?
  2. Do my sexual behaviours cause me distress?
  3. Is my sexual behaviour hurting my relationships, affecting my work, or resulting in negative consequences?
  4. Am I afraid of getting caught by others for my sexual behaviour? 

If you answered ‘yes’ for the majority of the questions above, then it’s time to seek help. So, without any hesitance see a doctor and find out the root cause of it!

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Shreya Gupta Shreya Gupta

Finding nirvana in good food, Shreya also loves reading books and is a die-hard Potterhead. Confident and motivated she's fun to be with. Plus food. Always.