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Sex in Germany - Study: Men cheat more often

According to their own statements, men in Germany have slept with ten partners on average, but women only with five partners. This is the result of a representative study on sexual behavior in Germany, which was published in the "Deutsches Ärzteblatt". 2524 people aged 14 and over were interviewed using a questionnaire. Several media had previously reported about it.

Relationship raises questions

Ten to five? Even if men tend to see themselves as seducers and women as difficult to conquer, the ratio seems astonishingly high and can hardly be explained statistically. These differences are not new: Such discrepancies would have already arisen in previous sex research, write the researchers led by first author Julia Haversath from the Technical University of Braunschweig. Psychologists from Hildesheim, Jena and Hanover were also involved.

Where do the differences come from? When answering, the respondents probably cheated something, say the psychologists, but express it more scientifically. “Self-esteem bias and gender-specific response behavior” could have contributed to the different responses.

Arne Dekker from the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE), who was not involved in the study, has a similar explanation: “You are also staging your gender roles,” he says. Some men believe it is attractive and socially recognized to have many sex partners, but the opposite is often the case with women.

"One would think it should work out somehow"

Dekker admits that men should have twice as many partners in bed as women are partners. "You'd think it should work somehow."

One of the statistical factors could be that eight percent of the men surveyed have already gone to prostitutes. This group had sexual contact with an average of four prostitutes. The researchers also did not ask whether the participants had sex abroad.

In addition to the sexual self-image of the respondents, who are on average 48.5 years old, the study offers further insights from the beds in the republic. Most people - hardly surprisingly - have had vaginal intercourse: 88 percent of men and 89 percent of women have had sex like this. 56 percent of men and 48 percent of women were orally satisfied.

The vast majority of men (86 percent) and women (82 percent) said they were heterosexual. 5 percent of men and 8 percent of women have had same-sex contacts before. One percent in each case stated that they were purely homosexual. Some did not provide any information or stated that none of these categories apply.

Every fifth man has cheated at some point

As expected, the group of 25 to 29 year olds is the most sexually active. At this age, men say they have an average of 60 vaginal intercourse per year, women 47 times. After that, the frequency drops steadily: men between the ages of 50 and 59 have such sex 34 times a year, women 22 times.

And how do the people in Germany feel about loyalty? Here, too, there are differences between men and women: According to their own information, around every fifth man (21 percent) has cheated on someone in a relationship. For women, the proportion was 15 percent.

More than half of the respondents (57 percent) had a steady partner. 76 percent never use condoms in their relationship. About every second woman (51 percent) who is 50 years or younger takes the pill or similar oral contraceptive. 5 percent forego contraception because they want to have children.

Background to the survey: According to the authors, there is a lack of population-based data on the frequency of various sexual behaviors in Germany. But they are important, "especially with regard to the prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted infections".

The Hamburg researcher Dekker sees it similarly. He evaluates the study as a "small, meritorious addition, which for the first time provides representative information on the sex life of the general population". But it hardly allows any conclusions to be drawn about the connections between sexual behavior and medical questions. The data is not detailed enough for that. Instead, “large population studies” of sexual behavior, such as those in other European countries, would be needed, says Dekker.

Small group worries researchers

A small group of respondents (2.5 percent) worried the researchers: They stated that they had had external sexual contacts and generally had unprotected sex with other people outside the partnership during their current relationship, and that they did not always use condoms in their relationship. For the researchers, people belong to a “high-risk group” because they are exposed to a higher risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections such as HIV, gonorrhea or syphilis. Those people also had three times as many sex partners as the average: men 38, women 17.

In general, the authors of the study recommend: Anyone who does not constantly use condoms with changing sex partners should have regular sexual medical examinations. Routine examinations could help limit the spread of sexually transmitted infections in some groups of people. For Dekker, this shows the limits of this study: "We knew that, to be honest, even beforehand."

From dpa / RND / zys