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More $$ means better and safer sex, study shows

10-19-07 Dr. LaurBerman studio......Rich Hein/Sun-Times

10-19-07 Dr. Laura Berman in studio......Rich Hein/Sun-Times

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Updated: April 14, 2014 4:38PM

Do rich people have better sex lives?

New research from Spain seems to suggest so. Researchers from the Barcelona Public Health Agency surveyed nearly 10,000 men and women and found that people with higher socioeconomic status report having better sex, as well as safer sex.

The connection between one’s finances and sexual satisfaction was particularly marked for women. Women of lower socioeconomic status were less likely to experience orgasm during intercourse, and they were more likely to experience sexual and domestic abuse. They also were less likely to use condoms during sex.

The researchers theorize his is because women with less money tend to have less power and fewer options. They might have limited education and might not be able to leave abusive relationships, let alone be able to speak up and ask for what they want in the bedroom. They also might be less able to negotiate for condom use and they might be less likely to visit the doctor and be able to protect their sexual health, both as it relates to physical health and sexual satisfaction.

Lastly, they simply might not prioritize sexual pleasure the same way women with more money and less stressful home lives might. After all, personal sexual advocacy and pleasure certainly aren’t priorities when you are working several jobs and struggling to make ends meet. Sexual pleasure and intimacy can take time and effort, and for many women, putting food on the table and keeping the family together can take precedent over making time for orgasms, and understandably so.

We can’t ignore the impact that education and opportunity can have on one’s life, even on one’s sex life. When we empower women and give them the tools and resources to protect themselves and make smarter choices, we not only help to decrease unwanted pregnancy and STD rates, but we also help to ensure that women are equal partners who receive pleasure and respect in the bedroom. After all, sex is one of life’s few pleasures that is free, so orgasms should be enjoyed by everyone, no matter what their income!

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