Best for sex: new lover or steady partner?
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Best for sex: new lover or steady partner?

Is sex less fun with a long-term partner? For some people it might be, studies suggest. But don’t panic, everything is relative.

Sex is supposed to be fun and exciting – but sometimes, it can also be nerve-racking. Lots of people are worried they might do something wrong in bed. Things can get a lot easier when you’ve been with someone for a while.

After all, when you trust your partner, you’re more relaxed, and knowing each other’s bodies helps with finding out what you both like and want. But does that take away from the good kind of excitement, too?

Novelty and excitement 

Studies suggest it might – at least for women. We reported elsewhere that women’s interest in sex with their partner dwindles by the month – her sexual desire drops, his stays the same. And more women said they had an orgasm the last time they had sex when it had happened with someone they were not in a long-term relationship with, according to a survey that was part of a large-scale study on sexual behaviour.

‘We also know that women generally get more aroused with newer partners, so it’s probably tied into feelings of novelty and excitement, higher desire and higher arousal,’ says Dr Debra Herbenick, one of the researchers.

But she also says that ‘it’s difficult to know what sense to make’ of the finding. ‘Sometimes we think that having an orgasm could be easier with somebody who knows your body well. And to some extent that’s true. Some relationships are very satisfying and very exciting, and your partner knows you well, and you’ll be more likely to have an orgasm – but there’s also a lot where there’s other things going on.’

Everyday life 

In short, if you’ve been with someone for a longer time, everyday life just tends to get in the way of steamy sex. ‘In long-term relationships, we see that people often have sex very routinely, very quickly.’

This is the case with women especially. Routine or speediness put the men off all that much: ‘For men, we actually found the opposite, at least for their erections,’ says Herbenick. ‘They said erections were easier with a relationship partner.’

But women, says Herbenick, might have sex ‘just because they feel – and we’ve seen that in other research, too – that they’re obligated to.’

Different types 

But it’s important to realise that it’s not all so black and white. OK, with new partners or one-night stands ‘there’s just a lot of excitement and newness,’ but long-term relationships just have a lot more going on.

‘There’s a lot of different types of relationship and, even within a relationship, a lot of different types of sex – there’s quickie sex as well as lovely, intimate longer sex… so it’s not just the relationship. As a grouping, there’s a lot more complexity.’

So there’s no reason to panic and ditch your long-term partner in the quest for excitement. After all, getting all that ‘intimate longer sex’ in exchange seems like a pretty good deal.

What do you think is best for sex – the thrill of a new lover or experience with a long-term partner? Leave a comment here or on Facebook.

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    1. Hi Steve, we are glad you
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  1. Am 23,my frst time with a new
    Am 23,my frst time with a new guy is always exiting n i nrmaly av multiple of orgasm bt as time goes by i loose the arge of doing it n jst do it bcz he wnt this affect ma marriage life in future.plz advice

    1. Hi Jess, that’s a very good
      Hi Jess, that’s a very good question. Sex with a new partner is exciting and thrilling. But as time goes by, and you know each other well, sex can become a bit of a routine. He knows what turns you on, you know what turns him on, and that’s all you do. And then sex starts to get boring. But you can make sure that your sex life stays exciting. Introduce new positions, new styles, new locations. Send your partner sexy texts and live out any fantasies that you have. That said, there is only so much you can do, at some point, even new things might be boring. Try to enjoy sex and the intimacy you only get from a partner who knows you well. That can be very sexy, too! Enjoy and let us know how it goes!

  2. hi,my new lover takes too
    hi,my new lover takes too long before ejaculating..even the first game that most guys go short.What could be the problem?

    1. There is no problem men are
      There is no problem men are different there are those who ejaculate faster than others but its all ok.

  3. I enjoy new lady .bt all
    I enjoy new lady .bt all depends wth how actve she is during romance

    1. Thank you for your comment.
      Thank you for your comment.

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