For good sex, turns out you’ve got to have faith.
People with strong religious beliefs have higher levels of sexual satisfaction, according to a new study published in The Journal of Sex Research.
Despite the fact that devout people aged 18 to 59 tend to get it on less frequently, the findings by the British National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles indicate religious individuals enjoy the bedroom more.
Pious married women reported having more satisfying sex lives than non-devout ladies, according to the findings. Single religious men insisted they had a very satisfying love life, too, but responded less favorably when factoring in attitudes about casual sex.
Researchers also found sex outside the sacred union of marriage — whether casual or without love, both typically no-nos for the most devout — was not considered sexually satisfying for both men and women who worship.
“The relationship between sex frequency and sexual satisfaction is neither simple nor straightforward,” said Nitzan Peri-Rotem of the University of Exeter, who worked alongside Vegard Skirbekk from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and Columbia University on the new report.
Gender in both religious and non-religious people played a major role in how much they enjoyed casual sex and their satisfaction, too.
“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,” Peri-Rotem explained.
Meanwhile, men didn’t seem to care about little black book numbers.
“Among men, on the other hand, no relationship is found between the number of lifetime sexual partners and sexual satisfaction,” she added.
The study also found other surprising connections in regards to types of people who believe they have good sex lives.
Aside from religious associations, education level plays into levels of fulfillment for sex. Their analysis found that highly-educated individuals tend to have less sex, but — unlike the chaste — were not so happy about that.
A common thread amongst all people involved in the study was that both excess sex and a lack of fornication led to lower levels of fulfillment.
The research suggests people who are more promiscuous are less likely to form longer relationships and, therefore, both men and women who admitted to having too much casual encounters were less satisfied sexually.
As to why this is, Peri-Rotem explained that “sexual satisfaction initially increases with sex frequency” but “declines again at a higher number of sex occasions” so “having ‘too much’ sex may lead to lower level of satisfaction from sex life.”
Virgins or those without lifetime sexual partners also admitted to not being fulfilled in the study.
“Across all relationship types,” Peri-Rotem said, “too little or too much sex is associated with lower sexual satisfaction.”