Sex survey: Australians appear to be having less sex, but broader experiences.

A sexual health study has found Australians are engaging in a broader range of sexual experiences but appear to be having less sex.

The second Australian Study of Health and Relationships (ASHR) involved about 20,000 men and women aged between 16 and 69, who were interviewed via random phone calls between October 2012 and November 2013.

Professor Juliet Richters said researchers were surprised by the drop in frequency in sex in heterosexual relationships.

She said a British survey conducted at the same time had exactly the same finding.

"We think it might be the intrusion into people's home lives of work - checking your work emails last thing before you go to bed, taking your laptop and mobile to bed, and a lot of sort of individual entertainment rather than doing things together," she said.


The Sexual Healer

The Couples Therapy Expert Esther Perel
Takes On Sex and Sexuality.

By Susan Dominus

Esther Perel, a couples therapist and relationship author, has become a go-to speaker on sexuality and relationships.

On the subject of sex, a subject that makes so many stammer, clam up or crack wise, Esther Perel, a couples therapist and author, is uncommonly eloquent, even rhapsodic.



Recommended reading

Can love last? The fate of romance over time. Stephen Mitchell (2003).
Mating in Captivity: Sex, Lies and domestic bliss. Esther Perel (2007).
Enduring desire: Your guide to lifelong intimacy. Michael E. Metz & Barry W. McCarthy (2011).
Passionate Marriage: Sex, love and intimacy in emotionally committed relationships. David Schnarch (1997.
The seven principles of making marriage work. John M. Gottman & Nan Silver (2004).
The Elusive orgasm: A woman’s guide to why she can’t and how she can orgasm. Vivienne Cass (2004).
Why we love: The nature and chemistry of romantic love. Helen Fisher (2004).


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