A 40-year-old female asked:
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how often should a married couple in their early 40s have sex per week to be considered as having a healthy sex drive?

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Dr. Robert Killian
28 years experience General Practice
No such list: I am sorry but no such scientific list exists. Sex is your choice. Medicine gas no opinion on when, how, or with whom you have sex.
Answered on Apr 5, 2014
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Dr. Barbara Lavi
35 years experience Clinical Psychology
I agree, if you are dissatisfied with your intimate life, you and your partner can go to therapy to help you enhance the relationship and increase the frequency.
Apr 5, 2014
Dr. Pamela Pappas
42 years experience Psychiatry
Not written in stone: Amount of "sex drive" is not the only thing affecting how often a couple has sex. Both may have a healthy sex drive, yet relationship conflict may make them not desire sex with each other. Frequency of sexual intimacy (and satisfaction with this) varies widely. One study suggested that 40 to 49 olds have intercourse an average of 69 times a year. For more info: http://tinyurl.Com/mxnfhc3.
Answered on Sep 5, 2017
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Dr. Ryan Phasouk
18 years experience Family Medicine
I agree, it is impossible to know how much sex is considered as having a "healthy" sex drive. The frequency does vary widely and interpersonal conflicts can be a factor. Dr Pappas is invaluable as a resource in relations!
Apr 5, 2014

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