Sex & Relationships

Find out how income and sexual satisfaction are related

See the results of a new survey that correlates a person's income to their degree of sexual satisfaction.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt at TIFF

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt at TIFF. (Photo, Keystone Press.)

Money doesn’t buy happiness, of course. But sometimes it feels like it buys just about everything else: designer clothes, pricey shampoos, fancy face creams and really great produce — organic blueberries in the off-season!

Sleek, shiny hair and burnished, wrinkle-free skin — that’s not all a healthy paycheque can do for a gal, it seems. It may also improve her love life. A survey discussed in the Daily Mail suggests that wealthy women report greater sexual satisfaction than their less financially blessed peers.

Researchers for Spain’s Spanish National Sexual Health Survey carried out nearly 10,000 interviews to get a sense of the factors that influence sexual health and satisfaction. Surprisingly, their findings reveal that socio-economic factors — how much you make, your occupation and your education level — influence how happy you are with your sex life.

For example, people of limited means and education reported less sexual satisfaction than those who were more affluent. Underprivileged women were particularly likely to claim less contentment with their sex life. This group was also more likely to engage in unsafe sex.

By contrast, people with more money and higher education levels reported greater satisfaction with their sex life. That contentment affected their practices too, as they were also more likely to practise safe sex.

If your love life is in the doldrums feel free to blame your debt load. But before you lament your financial woes or mistake credit counselling for marital therapy, console yourself with some encouraging news. There is one thing you can do to improve your love life without having to ask for a raise, or go back to school. That thing? Enter a stable relationship. That’s right, the survey found that a committed, stable relationship is correlated with sexual satisfaction regardless of your socioeconomic status. In the survey, 97 percent of men and 96 percent of women said they preferred sex with a stable partner over a casual one. Case closed.

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