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Post-Sex Cuddling can Improve Relationships, Study Finds

Update Date: May 27, 2014 11:52 AM EDT
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According to a new study headed by researchers from the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM), couples can strengthen their relationships with post-sex cuddling. The researchers found that people who are more affectionate after having sex have stronger romantic relationships, especially if they are parents.

"When people think of sex, they tend to be focused on intercourse or orgasm," said UTM sexuality and relationship researcher Amy Muise according to Medical Xpress. "This research suggests that other affectionate aspects of sex are important for sexual and relationship satisfaction."

For this study, the researchers conducted two online surveys. The first one reached 335 individuals and the other 21-day survey interviewed 101 couples. In the first part of the study, the researchers found that people were affectionate after sex for an average of 15 minutes. Affectionate behavior was defined as kissing, caressing, cuddling and sweet-talking. In the second study, the researchers found that couples cuddled longer than the average amount of time found in the first part of the study.

The researchers found that post-sex affection helped couples bond with one another. It also improved sexual satisfaction and increased the frequency of intercourse. The team added that post-sex affectionate behavior had even more beneficial effects on couples who were parents.

"Parents often have less time for sex and romance. Time spent cuddling after sex had a stronger impact on their relationships than it did for non-parents," Muise said. "It is possible that additional bonding time after sex is even more important for couples who may face challenges finding time for intimate connection."

She added, "If you are able, spend those extra moments with your partner. Make time for shared intimacy, such as cuddling, kissing and intimate talk."

The study, "Post Sex Affectionate Exchanges Promote Sexual and Relationship Satisfaction," can be found here.

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