Week 15-How many times a week do people “do it”?

December 5, 2008

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Globally, people are having sex an average of 103 times a year, with men (104) having sex more often than women (101). One in five adults have sex 3-4 times a week and 5% have sex once a day.  Geography seems to matter, too.  The Greeks top the charts at 138 times per year, with the Japanese only getting lucky 45 times a year.


According to the Kinsey Institute, 18-29 year olds have sex approximately 2.2 times per week, 30-39 year olds have sex 1.6 times per week and 40-49 year olds have sex 1.3 times per week. And don’t worry, people well into their 70s are still getting it on. A study done by the condom manufacturer, Durex, showed similar results, the average being 2.5 times per week.  


Several factors influence the frequency of sexual activity: the age of the person, the length of the relationship and how a person expresses their sexuality and sensuality. It is important to remember when talking about frequency of sex, what is normal or typical for one couple may not be for another.



When it comes to sex, quality is more important than quantity. Using all our senses can enhance sex, which can lead to more pleasure. According to  ABC News, the more people are enjoying their sex lives, the more sex they are having.


Marvin Gaye sums it up nicely:


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