Inside the Secret Sex Lives of Twentysomething Married Women

Gloria has been married for three years, has two children under 2, and sexts her husband regularly. “I’ll sometimes send him nude picture right after I get out of the shower — he loves that,” she says. She’s 27, and, like a lot of young married women in 2017, she wishes she had more sex.

“Married sex” can seem like an oxymoron, and a new survey reveals that a decline in the frequency of sex after marriage may be ubiquitous, regardless of how young the spouses or short the marriage: many couples in their twenties are already dissatisfied with their sex lives.

The survey of 1,162 respondents ages 20 to 29, drawn from Hearst publications social media accounts, found that 52 percent of respondents wish they were having sex more often. While a majority (60 percent) of respondents said they had sex at least 2 to 3 times a week before they were married, only 43 percent estimate they are having sex at least 2 to 3 times a week post-marriage. Men were more likely than women to say that they wish they were having sex more often (62 percent), but nearly half (47 percent) of women also said they wanted more sex.

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“There was definitely a drop-off after the first few months of marriage,” says Elizabeth, 24, who recently celebrated her second wedding anniversary, although she and her husband have been together for about six years. “Right after the wedding, it was great, we were having sex all the time. But now, there are just so many times when one of us feels stressed out and just wants to go to sleep.”

But the survey also revealed that most married twenty-somethings are nonetheless happy in their marriages — and even continue to find their spouses as attractive, or more attractive, than they did before the wedding. Hannah, 22, has been married for a little less than a year, and says that…

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