19/09/2014 10:03 BST | Updated 19/09/2014 10:59 BST

If You Aren't Having Enough / Any Sex, You're Not Alone - 41% Of Us Have Seen A Droop

If you've experienced a fairly disappointing amount of action between the sheets this year, then don't worry - a new study suggests that you're probably not alone.

According to new research, couples are having less sex this year, on average, than they were in 2013. The blame for this sudden lack of lovemaking? Longer working hours and financial worries.

Another reason to adopt a Third Metric kinda life? We think so.

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Following an increase in searches for discounts linked to adult toys and lingerie (probably as a result of the 'Fifty Shades of Grey' effect), 2,733 people aged 18 and over were quizzed by about their sex lives.

When asked if they were having less sex this year compared to in 2013, 41% said ‘yes’.

Thankfully, 36% of the respondents said they were actually intimate ‘more’ this year and 23% stated they were having sex ‘about the same amount’.


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So, what's the secret to frequent sex?

The most common responses were ‘making more time for each other’ (41%), ‘less stress’ (38%) and, our personal favourite, ‘we’re open and honest about everything, which brings us closer’ (30%).

All respondents were then asked if they felt more secure and happier in their relationship when they were having more sex, to which 58% stated ‘yes’.

Sadly, when asked how they felt when they didn’t have as much sex as they’d like, 43% of respondents admitted they felt worried their partner was going off them.

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