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Just 45% of adults in the UK are happy with love lives

By Jennifer Cockerell

Published 06/08/2015

Fewer than half of UK adults say they are satisfied with their love life while even more say they have not had sex in the past month, according to research by charities. Picture posed
Fewer than half of UK adults say they are satisfied with their love life while even more say they have not had sex in the past month, according to research by charities. Picture posed

Fewer than half of UK adults say they are satisfied with their love life while even more say they have not had sex in the past month, according to research by charities.

Relationship charity Relate said people often put so much pressure on themselves to have "amazing sex" that they end up avoiding it altogether or do not notice what is actually good about their sex lives.

It has carried out research in collaboration with Marriage Care and Relationships Scotland.

The YouGov study of around 6,000 UK adults found just 45% said they were "fairly satisfied" or "very satisfied" with their sex life, while 51% said they had not had sex in the past month.

Relate, which provided more than 20,000 sessions of sex therapy in 2013/14, recommends that couples should not shy away from planning sex or kissing and cuddling in front of their children - in the past, parents were often taught to avoid showing physical affection in front of the kids but it is actually reassuring for them to see their parents love one another.

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