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Científicos descubren un vínculo sorprendente entre las creencias religiosas y la satisfacción sexual

El estudio también encontró que tener muchas parejas sexuales de por vida se asoció con una menor satisfacción sexual.

Un nuevo estudio vincula creencias religiosas más fuertes con altos niveles de satisfacción sexual.

Según investigaciones recientes, los niveles más altos de satisfacción sexual están asociados con creencias religiosas más fuertes.

Los investigadores descubrieron que las personas que perciben la religión como importante en sus vidas tenían menos sexo, impulsado por la abstinencia entre aquellos que no viven con una pareja, pero son más felices con su vida sexual en general.

Según el estudio, tener muchas o ninguna pareja sexual de por vida está relacionado con niveles más bajos de satisfacción sexual. Se demostró que tanto el placer sexual de hombres como de mujeres estaba asociado negativamente con una mayor aprobación del sexo casual o el sexo sin amor.

Dr. Nitzan Peri-Rotem de la Universidad de Exeter y Dr. Vegard Skirbekk del Instituto Noruego de Salud Pública y[{” attribute=””>Columbia University carried out the research, which was published in The Journal of Sex Research.

Dr. Peri-Rotem said: “The relationship between sex frequency and sexual satisfaction is neither simple nor straightforward; across all relationship types, too little or too much sex is associated with lower sexual satisfaction, suggesting that an optimum exists in terms of frequency related to higher satisfaction levels.”

Researchers used data from the third British National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles on men and women aged 18 to 59.

More religious married women reported higher sexual satisfaction than their less religious counterparts, but this association does not exist among married males. Additionally, single religious men reported greater levels of sex life satisfaction. However, this relationship vanished when the sample was controlled for attitudes to casual sex and sex without love, or when the sample was limited to sexually active respondents.

11% of men and 16% of women who responded to the study indicated that religion and religious beliefs are extremely important to them. More than two-thirds of those surveyed said they seldom, if ever, went to religious services. Half of all respondents were married, a further 17% lived with a partner, and 5% had no stable partner.

On average, men reported a higher frequency of sex occurrences in the past four weeks compared to women (4.4 compared to 4.0 respectively). Around a quarter of women and men expressed strong agreement with the statement “I feel satisfied with my sex life”, while 14% of women and 17% of men reported being dissatisfied with their sex life.

Nearly 40% of men reported having ten or more sexual partners in their lifetime compared to a quarter of women.

Dr. Skirbekk said: “As religious individuals are less likely to engage in casual sex and are more likely to limit sexual activity to a relationship based on love this can lead to lower expectations of sexual activity outside a formal union, as well as increased satisfaction from sex life in general. However, it is possible that religious sentiments about the sanctity of marital sex, as well as disapproval of sex outside marriage, matter more for women’s than for men’s sexual satisfaction. This is also evident by the relatively higher levels of sexual satisfaction among more religious cohabiting men when all other variables were held constant, while no similar relationship was found among cohabiting women.”

The study shows a significant association between educational attainment and sexual frequency and satisfaction. Highly educated individuals reported having less frequent sex, as well as reduced satisfaction from sex life compared to those with lower qualifications.

Dr. Peri-Rotem said: “Our research suggests that changes in sexual behavior need to be understood in a context of changes in religious norms and beliefs and other societal level trends. The postponement of union formation is related to less frequent sex, while also increasing the exposure to casual sex among those with weaker religious orientation.

“For women, it is found that having no sexual partners, as well as having ten or more lifetime sexual partners is associated with lower satisfaction from sex life. Among men, on the other hand, no relationship is found between the number of lifetime sexual partners and sexual satisfaction.

“However, disapproval of sex without love and of casual sex is linked with higher satisfaction from sex life among both men and women. While sexual satisfaction initially increases with sex frequency, it declines again at a higher number of sex occasions. Therefore, having “too much” sex may lead to a lower level of satisfaction from sex life.”

Reference: “Religiosity, Sex Frequency, and Sexual Satisfaction in Britain: Evidence from the Third National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal)” by Nitzan Peri-Rotem and Vegard Skirbekk, 26 August 2022, The Journal of Sex Research.
DOI: 10.1080/00224499.2022.2108745

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