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Study reveals Americans' sexual activity, condom use

Talk about an interesting read!

I've just got my hands on the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior (NSSHB). The 118-page report, released this morning in a special issue of the Journal of Sexual Medicine, features research about the sexual activity and behaviors of nearly 6,000 adults and adolescents ages 14 to 94. It's an update of similar research done 20 years ago, and it provides a fascinating snapshot of what we're doing in bed -- and elsewhere.

Researchers from the Center for Sexual Health Promotion in Indiana University's School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation asked participants about every imaginable aspect of their sex lives, from their sexual orientation and condom use (where there's apparently room for improvement, with one of four acts -- one in three among single people -- of vaginal intercourse condom-protected) to what positions they prefer and how regularly they orgasm. (It also features editorials and commentaries from a number of key sexual-health experts.)


In this April 20, 2005 file photo, student Marissa Manzi wears a condom costume at an AIDS Awareness Day rally outside the state Capitol in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Bob Child, File)

Here, from the news release announcing the survey's publication, are some of the key findings:

  • There is enormous variability in the sexual repertoires of U.S. adults, with more than 40 combinations of sexual activity described at adults' most recent sexual event.
  • Many older adults continue to have active, pleasurable sex lives, reporting a range of different behaviors and partner types, however adults over the age of 40 have the lowest rates of condom use. Although these individuals may not be as concerned about pregnancy, this suggests the need to enhance education efforts for older individuals regarding STI risks and prevention.
  • About 85 percent of men report that their partner had an orgasm at the most recent sexual event; this compares to the 64 percent of women who report having had an orgasm at their most recent sexual event. (A difference that is too large to be accounted for by some of the men having had male partners at their most recent event.)
  • Men are more likely to orgasm when sex includes vaginal intercourse; women are more likely to orgasm when they engage in a variety of sex acts and when oral sex or vaginal intercourse is included.
  • While about 7 percent of adult women and 8 percent of men identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual, the proportion of individuals in the U.S. who have had same-gender sexual interactions at some point in their lives is higher.
  • At any given point in time, most U.S. adolescents are not engaging in partnered sexual behavior. While 40 percent of 17-year-old males reported vaginal intercourse in the past year, only 27 percent reported the same in the past 90 days.
  • Adults using a condom for intercourse were just as likely to rate the sexual event positively in terms of arousal, pleasure and orgasm than when having intercourse without one.

Researchers note that the information they gleaned is important to public health professionals, who can use the material to shape efforts to encourage condom use and other initiatives. But they also acknowledge that the lay public will benefit from reading it, as we are curious about other people's sex lives and how they compare to our own.

Let me know what you think.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | October 4, 2010; 12:00 AM ET
Categories:  Family Health, Seniors, Sex, Teens, Women's Health  
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Comments

Reportedly, Christine O'Donnell refused to take the survey due to "having nothing to report".

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | October 4, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Is having sex at least 300 times a year a good thing? I would like more but by wife is a no more than 6 times weekly type person.

Posted by: letemhaveit | October 4, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

"About 85 percent of men report that their partner had an orgasm at the most recent sexual event; this compares to the 64 percent of women who report having had an orgasm at their most recent sexual event."

Did 21 percent of women report faking an orgasm at their most recent sexual event?

Posted by: WmarkW | October 4, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Your mom did.

Posted by: steve1231 | October 4, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

A wide range of administration official and liberal so called journalists report outside the standard deviation of responses. These folks include but are not limited to Janet Napolitano, Christine Romer, Kevin Jennings, Rachel Maddow, Bawney Fwank, et. Use of rodents and inanimate objects are pervasive. Coservative women such as Michelle Bachmann, Sarah Palin, etc report highly satisfying and frequent orgasms. Explains the anger of Nan Arol et al,!

Posted by: pauldia | October 4, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

My wife tweets me every time she has an orgasm!

Posted by: maggots | October 4, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

The link says the study was funded by Trojan condoms. That's probably worth mentioning; it explains why the report goes out of its way to assure us that acts with a condom are just as fun as those without (last bullet), and it explains why the report seems to be encouraging us monogamous over-40s to use condoms anyway.

Posted by: fallschurch1 | October 4, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

I'd hit it. Yeah, I'd hit the s**t out of that.

Posted by: Meepo | October 4, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

It is disgusting that any old person has sex. Sex is for us young people ONLY.

Sex by old people should be banned. Can you imagine a picture show with old people having sex? (GAG!)

Yes, sex is for us young people, and only for us young people.

I turn 60 years YOUNG this Saturday, and I think I will have SEX!

Posted by: jnrentz@aol.com | October 4, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

I would much rather know that Trojan funded the "study" (aka media exposure/advertising), than think that my tax dollars funded the study. It's bad enough knowing all the other crap my tax dollars funds. Kudos to Indiana University for creatively getting the free enterprise system to pay for the study.

BTW, the "your mom" comment above was very juvenile and very funny.

Posted by: c_daneil_p | October 4, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Seems obvious to me that adults over 40 should be the least likely to use condoms, as they are the most likely to be married/in monogamous relationships. Many in this age cohort are also done having kids, and have moved on to vasectomies and such.

It would be much more useful to know the condom rate for teenagers and those who are having sex with multiple partners (not at the same time, you know what I mean.)

Posted by: floof | October 4, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

You should also used condoms when having intercourse with multiple partners at the same time; which can be enjoyable, too.

Posted by: mr1492 | October 4, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Did Republicans report screwing the country?

Posted by: djmolter | October 4, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

"About 85 percent of men report that their partner had an orgasm at the most recent sexual event; this compares to the 64 percent of women who report having had an orgasm at their most recent sexual event."

Did 21 percent of women report faking an orgasm at their most recent sexual event?
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LOL Probably. But the point remains that most women can't reach the 'glory' during intercourse, probably because men get there first and then they are good for nothing after that. That puts into question the 'efficacy' of the male 'tool' to produce pleasure. There are many other implications. But the interesting one was the one about only 1/3 of women experiencing pain during intercourse while a whopping 5% of men reported having had pain during it.

Ah, it's that grinding machine women have in there.

Posted by: coqui44 | October 4, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

"About 85 percent of men report that their partner had an orgasm at the most recent sexual event; this compares to the 64 percent of women who report having had an orgasm at their most recent sexual event."

Did 21 percent of women report faking an orgasm at their most recent sexual event?
+++++++++

LOL Probably. But the point remains that most women can't reach the 'glory' during intercourse, probably because men get there first and then they are good for nothing after that. That puts into question the 'efficacy' of the male 'tool' to produce pleasure. There are many other implications. But the interesting one was the one about only 1/3 of women experiencing pain during intercourse while a whopping 5% of men reported having had pain during it.

Ah, it's that grinding machine women have in there.

Posted by: coqui44 | October 4, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

"BTW, the "your mom" comment above was very juvenile and very funny."

I agree.

Posted by: chunche | October 4, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Pauldia wrote...
A wide range of administration official and liberal so called journalists report outside the standard deviation of responses.

Really? It's that "witchy" Christine that claims do have never done the deed.

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | October 4, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

I can't believe they're letting us post comments on this and that there aren't more!

Trojan did sponsor this survey, but I don't think they are going to have any success pushing condoms to married folks.

It would be nice to see how sex affects marriage. My vote would be that it greatly improves marriage.

Posted by: hebe1 | October 4, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

we can't figure out why, but our sex lives continue to get better despite our ages - 57 and 62.

a note to men - asian practices insist bringing the woman to orgasm prior to penetration to insure maximum lubrication and male pleasure.

i highly recommend it!!!

Posted by: boblesch | October 4, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Interesting to note that more than half of the comments are either completely immature or are mostly joking in nature, and few actually have comments of substance. I think it speaks to how comfortable the American public is with discussing sexual behavior in a mature and serious tone. I would expect this on a small town paper but the Washington Post? Wow, a little shocking.

Also, just because a company pays for a study (not a "study") does not meal it loses all credible & scientific merit. Trojan has a vested interest in having contemporary data on sexual activity which is why they paid for the study. Researchers shouldn't be assumed to sell out to the company just because they are receiving money from a specific company. Indiana University is one of the top research universities in the US and the researchers who conducted this study did rigorous work to get this information.

Lastly, just because something makes people uncomfortable doesn't mean it isn't worth research. Anyone who says sexual health research is a waste of time (or tax payer money) is clearly an idiot and delusional. 99.5% of humans will have sex at some point in their life. If it's something that nearly everyone does, don't you think we should know something about it? You may assume you know what everyone is doing and how, but I assure you, you would most likely be very, very wrong. Sexual health research is no less important than any other branch of research and just because the words "anal sex" or "dildos" might be used doesn't mean it should be written off as a waste. If you were truly concerned about tax payer money you should be encouraging more sexual health research to be done so we could reduce the amount of money we spend on treating STIs and improving people's health.

Posted by: LBPhD | October 4, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Based on anecdotal evidence from divorced women I have dated, the percentage of married women who have orgasms from their husbands is probably closer to 3%

Posted by: vagator | October 4, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

LBPhD says: "Anyone who says sexual health research is a waste of time (or tax payer money) is clearly an idiot and delusional"
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I suppose your temperament prevented you from saying, " Anyone who says sexual health research is a waste of time (or tax payer money) is mistaken".

I wonder if insulting other Americans is more pleasurable than sex? Maybe this will be in the next survey. :)

Posted by: rjpal | October 4, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

One non-revelation to come out of this study is that women apparently still lie about their frequency of orgasms (even on surveys) and that men are still self-absorbed toads who either lie or have vivid testosterone-drive imaginations.

A more interesting study would focus on the obvious rise of extramarital sex. This seems to be epidemic - not confined just to the Tigers, Spitzers and other sitting politicians, male and female. This is a phenomenon that will eventually have a devastating effect on marriage and family. Already has, actually.

Posted by: mirrorgazer | October 4, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Re: everyone who's suspicious because this was funded by Trojan

Actually, some older people who get into new relationships in their golden years don't use condoms, and disease can spread like wildfire. These people are used to the way life was before they needed them, or are carrying old habits from long marriages into the retirement home with them, and sadly, disease does not avoid people because of age.

Posted by: amm72 | October 4, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Many older adults continue to have active, pleasurable sex lives, reporting a range of different behaviors and partner types, however adults over the age of 40 have the lowest rates of condom use.

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Sex over 40 is a lot like riding motorcycles.

You can do it with someone else, but it's much safer going solo!

Posted by: trenda | October 4, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

As a result of being raised on a steady diet of "How to drive your man wild in bed" articles in women's magazines, your average housewife these days knows more tricks than a Bangkok hooker. What would Jesus say?

Posted by: DaveHarris | October 4, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

"A more interesting study would focus on the obvious rise of extramarital sex. This seems to be epidemic - not confined just to the Tigers, Spitzers and other sitting politicians, male and female. This is a phenomenon that will eventually have a devastating effect on marriage and family. Already has, actually."

I agree with you. I remember having a conversation about it with my then-girlfriend. A mutual acquaintance was chasing skirts, and was somehow under the impression that because he told the women he pursued that he was married and backed off if they didn't want to be involved, he was an upstanding person and his wife (unlike his girlies, I guess) just didn't need to know.

I said that I thought he was a rat and didn't think his "honesty" excused him. She turned to me blandly and explained that I was a hypocrite if I claimed to hate people who'd cheated, because I was dating her.

I... didn't for much longer, shall we say.

Posted by: amm72 | October 4, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

My wife tweets me every time she has an orgasm!

Posted by: maggots
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This is a funny update but please remember to send your royalty check to Rodney Dangerfield's estate...

Funny thing is, she told me she gave up twitter

Posted by: TOMMYBASEBALL | October 4, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

"Adults using a condom for intercourse were just as likely to rate the sexual event positively in terms of arousal, pleasure and orgasm than when having intercourse without one."
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I suppose this statement is presented in this form for us uneducated "lay" (pun intended) readers of the Washington Post.

One wonders if the sponsor of this study, Trojan Condoms, had an influence on these results because of the way this finding is stated. It implies that there is no difference at all for all males in the male sexual experience of vaginal intercourse with or without a condom.

Regarding the statement following an insult by LBPhD that "99.5% of humans will have sex at some point in their life...", do you have a citation for that data?

I prefer humor to insults and bad information.

Posted by: Instructor5 | October 4, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Based on anecdotal evidence from divorced women I have dated, the percentage of married women who have orgasms from their husbands is probably closer to 3%

Posted by: vagator

__________________________________

Wouldn't the operative word here be "divorced"? Could it be possible that the % or married women having orgasms is much higher and that this might help explain your date being divorced?

Back in the day in high school, you would get a towel and jock strap from the equipment counter before gym class. It was always funny when large numbers of Freshmen would say they were Xtra Large (snicker, snicker) only to sadly learn that jocks are sized by the waist not the package.

I think some guys answered they provided more pleasure than they did for similar reasons.

Posted by: TOMMYBASEBALL | October 4, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Based on anecdotal evidence from divorced women I have dated, the percentage of married women who have orgasms from their husbands is probably closer to 3%

Posted by: vagator

__________________________________

Wouldn't the operative word here be "divorced"? Could it be possible that the % or married women having orgasms is much higher and that this might help explain your date being divorced?

Back in the day in high school, you would get a towel and jock strap from the equipment counter before gym class. It was always funny when large numbers of Freshmen would say they were Xtra Large (snicker, snicker) only to sadly learn that jocks are sized by the waist not the package.

I think some guys answered they provided more pleasure than they did for similar reasons.

Posted by: TOMMYBASEBALL | October 4, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Sorry to everyone. I only clicked on Submit once and I got an error message from the post saying that there was a problem with something being sent. I do not know how my post got repeated so many times...

Posted by: TOMMYBASEBALL | October 4, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

I'm an 80 year-old woman. Every woman I have known faked it about half the time, especially when they had other things to do. Sorry, guys.

Posted by: m_richert | October 4, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

6,000 adults and adolescents ages 14 to 94

B.S. a study with only 6,000 over an 80 year spread does not make a good study.

Posted by: kkrimmer | October 4, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

"As a result of being raised on a steady diet of "How to drive your man wild in bed" articles in women's magazines, your average housewife these days knows more tricks than a Bangkok hooker. What would Jesus say?"

He would probably just wax wistful and drift off into a reverie about those prostitutes he often hung out with. I imagine Jesus was pretty unshockable.

About the only thing that would shock him these days would be seeing how successful the Republican Party has been at recasting him as a warmongering toady for the rich moneychangers in the temple - who would contemptuously spit on the sick and suffering instead of giving them health care. They would call him a "socialist", to which he would look them in the eye and say, "yes, and? Whatsoever you do to the least of us, you do to me."

Jesus would just shrug at people's sex lives these days, but would be horrified at what the GOP has done in his name.

Anyone who's actually READ the New Testament realizes all of this though. Sorry to them for posting such obvious rehash of the book.

Posted by: B2O2 | October 4, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

The only healthy sexual activity is that between a man and a woman that are married to each other. Condoms are not only not required but if used actually debase the activity. All other sexual activity is flawed and detrimental to the individuals involved as well as society at large.

Posted by: lastword | October 4, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

"Adults using a condom for intercourse were just as likely to rate the sexual event positively in terms of arousal, pleasure and orgasm than when having intercourse without one." This is the only part that didn't make sense until I saw that the study was sponsored by Trojan.

Posted by: rforre1 | October 4, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

As a result of being raised on a steady diet of "How to drive your man wild in bed" articles in women's magazines, your average housewife these days knows more tricks than a Bangkok hooker. What would Jesus say?

Posted by: DaveHarris | October 4, 2010 11:23 AM


"Oh, DAMN girl!"

Posted by: ecale25 | October 4, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

The same amount of pleasure either with or witout a condom!?! What a crock!

Posted by: pd2710 | October 4, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Com on, give me a break. 14-year-olds, having sex, even with condoms?

This is complete nonsense. People aren't supposed to be having sex unless they are MARRIED....adult or teen. If THIS is the kind of moral crap they are teaching in today's school and society , NO WONDER we are in such a mess.

It's high time to bring back some chastity. If you don't fornicate or commit adultery, then you won't have the problems that go along with it.

Posted by: MMCarhelp | October 4, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Lower rates of condom use by boomers is easily explainable as our generation came of age in a time when the sex was clean and the air dirty. Today, it's the reverse.

Posted by: slim2 | October 4, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

The number of people that taking pleasure in investigating other people's sex lives is on the increase but also the number of police depts that depend on using the internet to try to entrap people is on the increase and the search for perverts to bash on tv as well as the use of people's sex lives to ruin their political, sports, professional careers and drive them from office and careers. So sexual repression is on the increase as much as seeking sexual research data...

Posted by: Wildthing1 | October 4, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Good work.

Now we should all go out there and do some more research.

Posted by: Benson | October 4, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

So why didn't the WashPost list those "40 combinations of sexual activity"

That would have been more interesting than this entire (ZZZZZzzzz) article.

I find it hilarious that this article evoked Jesus, Democrats and Republicans from posters. Even Sex is political!

Posted by: DonnyKerabatsos | October 4, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Whooah! Check out some the the Ph'Ds that conducted the study (first link), Hello Debby and Vanessa! ;)

Posted by: DonnyKerabatsos | October 4, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

40 positions? Giggety!

Posted by: BattleOffSamar | October 4, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Having just read this article, we tried to count 40 different sexual combinations in our 3-way, but I lost count.

Posted by: BattleOffSamar | October 4, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

It's high time to bring back some chastity. If you don't fornicate or commit adultery, then you won't have the problems that go along with it.


Posted by: MMCarhelp | October 4, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Fornicate. What an abusive-sounding word. I can't help but picture a very unhappy white person foaming at the mouth as they spew accusations of immorality.

However, perhaps this bit from Wikipedia takes some of the sting from it: The origin of the word derives from Latin. The word fornix means "an archway" or "vault" and it became a common euphemism for a brothel as prostitutes could be solicited in the vaults beneath Rome. More directly, fornicatio means "done in the archway"; thus it originally referred to prostitution. The first recorded use of the noun in its modern meaning was in 1303 AD, with the verb fornicate first recorded around 250 years later.[3]

I must say, "done in the archway" sounds really hot...

Posted by: rosefarm1 | October 4, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

What's the one food you feed a woman that ends her sex life?

Wedding cake.

Posted by: clandestinetomcat | October 4, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

I definitely wasn't involved in this survey. I would have brought all of the stats down.

Posted by: forgetthis | October 4, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

"There is enormous variability in the sexual repertoires of U.S. adults, with more than 40 combinations of sexual activity described at adults' most recent sexual event. "

really ? wow. I got to get out more or read up on Kama Sutra or something... lol.

Posted by: Joe_Citizen | October 4, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

I think it's hilarious that "LBPhD" actually made sure everyone was aware that he/she has a PhD by actually putting it in his/her username. How pretentious, and appropriate considering his/her lecture to the rest of the commenters about how they need to grow up. Oh, if only we could be as mature as those people with PhDs. He/she should have just used "I'm so much smarter than you" as a username. And his/her condescension towards those who rely on small town newspapers only adds to the irony.

Posted by: Eric12345 | October 4, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

I recently emerged from a two-decade marriage, where, after the birth of our child, sex was something that seemingly had to be scheduled ... and then only in the bedroom ... never in a car or a tent or anywhere else. Sure, sex was still pleasurable ... when we actually had it ... but the lack of spontaneity and variety ... and passion ... left us both emotionally unsatisfied. A female friend (my same age) once told me that women simply lose interest in sex as they age, but I call BS on that. I think they simply lose their passion for the same partner. I'm thrilled to find that sex in my 40s, esp when combined with a healthy lifestyle and years of learning what women like (foreplay, guys, foreplay!), is actually FAR more gratifying than sex ever was in my 20s. And I'm also disappointed to discover that condoms still mask pleasure much as they did in 80s.

Posted by: gumbrinus | October 4, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

I would rather have a job and so would millions more like me...

Posted by: DwightCollins | October 4, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

New research shows that too much money is being spent on...new research.

Posted by: MrBethesda | October 4, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

The best way to ensure a woman comes is to be a cunning linguist.

Posted by: letemhaveit | October 4, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

"While about 7 percent of adult women and 8 percent of men identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual, the proportion of individuals in the U.S. who have had same-gender sexual interactions at some point in their lives is higher."

I am surprised that the number of people who have claimed to have same gender interactions wasn't noted here. I am betting that it is probably going to be even higher than whatever number was reported since humans, as mammals, will have tried everything at some point of their lives, even if we won't admit it to anyone, including ourselves.

Posted by: bryangalt1 | October 4, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

coqui44 said: "But the point remains that most women can't reach the 'glory' during intercourse, probably because men get there first and then they are good for nothing after that."

I'm no statistician, but last I checked the phrase "64 percent of women who report having had an orgasm at their most recent sexual event" would indicate that most women in fact DO reach orgasm. Coqui44, you seem kind of angry or, dare I say, frustrated. Perhaps you are in the 36% minority?

Posted by: tomguy1 | October 4, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

I suppose you now feel superior, Eric12345? Thanks for sharing.

Posted by: goexplode | October 4, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Regarding that: "Based on anecdotal evidence from divorced women I have dated, the percentage of married women who have orgasms from their husbands is probably closer to 3%

Posted by: vagator"
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A divorce lawyer I know said his biggest problem with his indigent female clients was their tendency to keep going back to the guy they were getting rid of and having sex with him just to get their alimony or child support.

He always advised them to check with the officers of the court (early in his career) until he found out they were simply adding them to the list of guys they were sleeping with on a regular basis.

That must be where that 3% deal came from eh!

Posted by: muawiyah | October 4, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

I skimmed through the report. It's pretty basic survey data ("Just the facts, Mam"), sliced & diced in many different ways. (It does list the 41 combinations of behavior, by the 2 sexes, and by 10 age groups. The only thing that was clear to me was that males of all ages were more likely to exagerate what they did last time they had sex (far more reported doing 5 behaviors than receiving)
The more important questions is not addressed though: how have the behaviors changed since the last such survey in 1992?

Posted by: Denswei | October 4, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

"There is enormous variability in the sexual repertoires of U.S. adults, with more than 40 combinations of sexual activity described at adults' most recent sexual event."

... I'm sorry... WHAT?

Posted by: oda155 | October 4, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Why is it that two men can have an orgasm together simultaneously more so than man/woman? I have often wondered and found it to be true in my experiences.

Posted by: jnorow | October 4, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

They had to do a study to figure this out. They could've saved tax payer money and time by just asking me.

Posted by: rryan007 | October 4, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Dr. Schick and Dr. Herbinicke are hotttt...How can I help you further your research?

Posted by: AshleySwagz | October 4, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

I used to teach combinatorics...(the mathematics thereof,..., NOT these particular combinations :-) )
But they list 9 acts (giving & receiving sex with various body parts & orifices). Mathematically, there are 36 combinations of 2 out of 9 distinct objects, 84 combinations of 3 out of 9, etc. so it's easy to get to 41 combinations.

What's (mildly) funny is that >2% of guys report 5 acts at their last encounter, while close to 0% of women report the receiving version of the 5 acts at their last encounter. Obviously, even though it's an anonymous survey, guys still exagerate.

Posted by: Denswei | October 4, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Poor guy. Eric12345 is obviously compensating for something he feels inadequate about by lashing out against Ph.D.s

Posted by: Denswei | October 4, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

This is a very serious subject and should not be taken lightly; although, to give a break to the unnecessarily ridged and stern approach I give the following comments:

It is good to see that we are still doing it, even if it is at home alone.

It seems that the researcher are somewhat mixed up. According to President Clinton some of that stuff is not sex.

I have a friend who is discussed with the cost of maintaining a house and stated,"I am thinking of selling it and moving into a condom."

Posted by: ramseytuell | October 4, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse


You know this self-selecting survey is a complete crock when they report 7 or 8 percent of the respondents are homos. The UK medical system did a study of 450,000 people and only 1 percent were homosexuals.

Posted by: screwjob21 | October 4, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

As far as the discrepancy between males reporting their partner achieving orgasm and the number of women reporting achieving orgasm........

Let me tell all you ladies out there something about this. Men look at orgasms like breast implants. Real, fake, it makes no difference. Whatever makes you feel better about you.

Posted by: skins91r | October 4, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Statistically, the 84%/65% difference between men and women on whether she had an "O" last time could be true. It does not have to be clueless men or faking women.

Suppose a woman sleeps with two men and has an O with the first but not the second. On the question of whether she had an O in their last encounter, 50% of men and 0% of women would say yes. If she sleeps with three men and has a O with the first two but not the third, it would be 66% of men and 0% of women. If the third guy sleeps with two more women and they both have an O, now the answer is 100% of men and 66% of women.

I have no idea what combination of 6000 people would add up to 84%/65% -- that would be WAY too much math for me -- but it is statistically possible that this number is correct. If anyone out there is math geek enough to figure this out, I'd love to know whether it is plausible (as opposed to possible) -- even remotely so!

Posted by: tomguy1 | October 4, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

I'm personally shocked at the fact that so many women fake it or don't have orgasms at all. I've never faked it and never had to. I've never used a mechanical object to satisfy myself and don't ever plan to! My husband and I do it almost every day and love every minute of it. I feel sorry for you women out there who don't get to feel the pleasure...

Posted by: LWir | October 4, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

ask the experts in congress about screwing. what a BS piece

Posted by: pofinpa | October 4, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Like most studies of this type, the description of the selection of respondents is very vague. They claim a random sample, but random sampling for "sensitive" studies is extremely difficult - you tend to get a skewed result because you mostly get people who WANT to talk about their sex lives (or whatever).

Moreover, the introduction to the study lauds the laughable Kinsey studies of half a century ago. Kinsey was basically a pervert with an agenda. The Kinsey Institute (located at the University of Indiana) participated in this study. That ought to give every thoughtful person pause.

Posted by: Clio2 | October 4, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

I'm personally shocked at the fact that so many women fake it or don't have orgasms at all. I've never faked it and never had to. I've never used a mechanical object to satisfy myself and don't ever plan to! My husband and I do it almost every day and love every minute of it. In fact, sex together gets better the older we get. I feel sorry for you women out there who don't get to feel the pleasure or who have husbands who are too selfish to share...

Posted by: LWir | October 4, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

I'm personally shocked at the fact that so many women fake it or don't have orgasms at all. I've never faked it and never had to. I've never used a mechanical object to satisfy myself and don't ever plan to! My husband and I do it almost every day and love every minute of it. In fact, sex together gets better the older we get. I feel sorry for you women out there who don't get to feel the pleasure or who have husbands/partners who are too selfish to share... (hope this eventually gets posted...)

Posted by: LWir | October 4, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

As for the accusation of self-selection bias: the list of contacts was based on a random & representative sample of addresses in the US. 64% of adults contacted responded to the recruitment message, of which 82% consented to participate. For a survey, that is an amazingly good participation rate (so 53% of contacts consented to participate). That does not leave much room for self-selection biases (even if all of the non-respondants & non-participants existed & declined because they were straight, >4% of all contacts would identify themselves as gay.)
7-8% gay is in line with other research, and the sampling methodology doesn't get much better than this. (the 450,000 people mentioned above was no doubt a convenience sample and certainly biased by other factors. For instance, if there were no assurance of privacy, far fewer people will admit to being gay).

Posted by: Denswei | October 4, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse


"Adults using a condom for intercourse were just as likely to rate the sexual extent positively in terms of arousal, pleasure and orgasm than when having intercourse without one."

So what else did they lie about?

Posted by: WylieD | October 4, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

@jnorow - guess you've been with the wrong women...

Posted by: LWir | October 4, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Self-selection bias was not a problem here (especially compared to typical surveys). The list of contacts was generated by randomly selecting addresses based on post office data. 64% of adult contacts responded, of which 82% consented to participate (so 53% of contacts consented--amazingly good compared to other surveys).
The 7-8% rate of gays is in line with other studies.
The UK medical system sample of 450,000 people is no doubt a convenience sample (not random), and almost certainly has bias problems (for instance, if respondants have no assurance of privacy, far fewer will admit to being gay)

Posted by: Denswei | October 4, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

q. Did they disclose how to make a hor mone?

a. Don't pay her.

Posted by: truth34 | October 4, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

I am a retired Air Force pilot and we had a saying that flying was the most fun thing you could do with your clothes on. No need to guess what was more fun, much more fun. We also said we could do it day or night and with some in-air refueling day into night.

Posted by: jslivesay | October 4, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

>>About 85 percent of men report that their partner had an orgasm at the most recent sexual event; this compares to the 64 percent of women who report having had an orgasm at their most recent sexual event

I guess this shows that 21% of the men surveyed can't tell the difference between moaning and snoring.

Posted by: samnpat1 | October 4, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse


This goes to show that 21% of men had themselves as their partner in their most recent sexual encounter.

Posted by: kblgca | October 4, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

"Did Republicans report screwing the country?
Posted by: djmolter"
Yes. The Repub politicians reported that as paid/paying for sex as well as sex with pages, etc.

Posted by: Eric20 | October 4, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

"Did Republicans report screwing the country?
Posted by: djmolter"
Yes. The Repub politicians reported that as paid/paying for sex as well as sex with pages, etc.

Posted by: Eric20 | October 4, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse


Since the men in the survey are not the sex partners of the women in the survey, there is no way to conclude anything from their answers. Maybe dysfunctional women are more likely to answer a sex survey. Maybe the wives and girfriends of these men are hotter and more responsive than the women who took this survey.

Posted by: screwjob21 | October 4, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

"Adults using a condom for intercourse were just as likely to rate the sexual event positively in terms of arousal, pleasure and orgasm than when having intercourse without one."
__________________________________________

Tell us what brand and style condom this is, please! You are supposed to use a "rubber" condom in order to be protected. Most people think that's like having sex with a rubber hose! Relationships have literally broken up over this!

Posted by: SusanMarie2 | October 4, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

I'm personally shocked at the fact that so many women fake it or don't have orgasms at all. I've never faked it and never had to. I've never used a mechanical object to satisfy myself and don't ever plan to! My husband and I do it almost every day and love every minute of it. In fact, sex together gets better the older we get. I feel sorry for you women out there who don't get to feel the pleasure or who have husbands/partners who are too selfish to share... (hope this eventually gets posted...)

Posted by: LWir

Liar, liar Pants on fire!

Posted by: glenmayne | October 4, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

@glenmayne: definitely NOT lying! I guess some women are just more "responsive" than others...and a great relationship makes things even better.

Posted by: LWir | October 4, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

The last bullet point destroys the credibility of the entire article. Sex feels just as good with a condom? Sorry, simply not true. There's no way an honest survey of 6000 people got the result that there's no difference.

Posted by: chrisdunning1 | October 4, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

My women always orgasm. Yep.

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | October 4, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

@lastword, your position is not about health, it's about religious views - which has nothing to do with literal "healthy" sexual relationships. People caring for their partners enough to protect them is about health. People being in a monogamous relationship is about health. People being married in order to have sex is not about health, it's about church doctrine - which is variable over time.

Did you know that the rate of teen pregnancy is highest in politically conservative states? Sounds like the anti-sex education curriculum is working out just great for y'all.

Posted by: bec215 | October 4, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Meh, I have a PhD and made the "your mom" comment. Life is too short to not be juvenile once and a while (and Wmarkw left a huge opening).

Anyway, sex research is great (as long as it's done well). Considering what a miniscule drop in the bucket it costs compared to say, a new weapons system, and the fact that [nearly] does it (save Ms. O'Connell), I think it's definitely worthwhile.

Posted by: steve1231 | October 4, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

How about Nancy P. and the Democrats. They screwed us big time with OBAMACARE.
America will get them back in 30 Days!

Posted by: bfinn27 | October 4, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Interesting to note that more than half of the comments are either completely immature or are mostly joking in nature, and few actually have comments of substance. I think it speaks to how comfortable the American public is with discussing sexual behavior in a mature and serious tone.

Also, I'm not only a pompous twit who finds nothing funny in sex or anything else, I'm so insecure I am the only person in the world who has Phd in his pseudonym.

Posted by: markfromark | October 4, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

don't forget that 40% of women take it in the rear, so the other 60% better find out what they are missing!

These days, 40 percent of women between the ages of 20 and 45 have engaged in anal sex.

http://www.asylum.com/2010/10/04/indiana-university-center-sexual-health-promotion-oral-anal-sex-more-popular/

Posted by: WhatBubble | October 4, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Would YOU tell the truth on a sex survey?

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This is outrageous. I wasn't aware so much of this sort of thing was occurring in our great nation.

Posted by: halspencer | October 4, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

And...

you believe any of this? I mean, other than the part about women faking orgasms? :)

Posted by: jd5024 | October 4, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

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"If you were truly concerned about tax payer money you should be encouraging more sexual health research to be done so we could reduce the amount of money we spend on treating STIs and improving people's health."

Wrong. That kind of people (greedy 'uglican lowlifes) don't want the government to spend money on curing STDs either (let them all die!) and CERTAINLY not on improving peoples' health (let THEM all die, too).

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Posted by: Knee_Cheese_Zarathustra | October 4, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the numbers. Nice to know. But from what I see, the question that I find missing here is "what" influences drive ? Wonder why that is. Seriously.

Posted by: jralger | October 4, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

1) As to what would Jesus say? He already said it. As I recall, it included something about he who is without sin casting the first stone. Consult the New Testament for the exact wording.
2) As to sex improving marriage, I would concur. Marriage also improves sex in my experience. Even with children and hectic schedules. Sex is fun...go have some.

Posted by: snaf14 | October 4, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

So funny and good to know that marriage and sex enhance each other. I didn't know that but I guessed correctly at this point.

Before I married, I have many monogomous relationships where sex was enoyed daily and sometimes more than once a day.

After those girlfriends, I met a wonderful lady and decided to try the ol' biblical thing and wait until after marriage to have sex. Big mistake that was. She may be wonderful but she has not need for sex and intimacy.

Waiting until after marriage to have sex is like a gamble on one's future sexual and intimate satisfaction. It turns out that my wife wants sex once a year! Ouch! I married the wrong woman!

Another note, from my extensive experience, before I married, I discovered the many benefits of mutually satisfaction. It feels better for the man when he enters his woman after she has acheived her orgasm. It is also better for the woman to have done so prior to the man's relief. In the long run, both partners want more and more of each other.

There is a true bonding in a monogamous relationship where both partners like sexual frequency 4 or more times a week.

Forget the bibilical stories of waiting until after marriage before enjoying sexual activity.

Posted by: rgrowley | October 5, 2010 12:22 AM | Report abuse

Sex is fun. Lets just accept that as fact. Many ways to do it.

What struck me was the 7% lesbian and % gay admissions. Separate from some number of str8 people who have experimented with gay sex, but decided that wasn't their desire.

I did see a scientific survey about a yr ago, where almost 6% admitted they were gay. And of course my question was just how many gays lied, fearful that the survey was somehow marked, and someone was going to out them. My opinion - yes a guess, was that prob 9% are gay, eg for every two who admitted being gay, another hid it.

Sounds like I wasn't too far off.

And yes there was one poster with some BS data that said only 1% are gay.

Bottom line on this is that 20 million people in the USA are gay. Conceivably more, because there are a significant number of married acting str8 people who are gay. I've actually met 9 or 10 people in this category, all of whose marriages disolved, but in most cases they are still friends with their ex, sub-parents to their children. And in several cases actually were the ones who helped their ex find a new partner, and even were eg best man at the wedding.

Bottom line - it is criminal what this country does to these people. Condemning them, bringing down violence on them. And of course the recent spate of publicized suicides by gay kids and yes even str8 kids bullied as gay, and what could be worse.

Bottom line - accepting and treating our gay people as equals in our society is the social justice issue of our time.

All of us should be involved. We should even be Ashamed of America. W. Europe, only italy and greece do not recognize gay relationships legally. And 7 w. European countries do recognize them with marriage, the balance with civil unions or equiv.

Along with Latin America - Mexico, Argentina, and Columbia with marriage, Equador, and Uruguay and most of Brazil with civil unions. And about 20 other countries similarly in the world.

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Isn't anyone going to talk about the elephant in the room?

European sex and American sex varies in one huge (some people would say small) way; the majority of American men (about 80%) are circumcised, whereas in Europe, circumcised men are in the minority.

This report says that 85% of men said the last person they slept with had an orgasm, while just 64% agreed.

I wonder how this would compare with results in Europe?

Some studies say there isn't a difference, but others, such as the Sorrells study, say that the foreskin is actually the most sensitive part of the penis, and not the head as popularly believed.

The fact of the matter is, the head of the penis becomes hard and callous in circumcised men in a process called "keratinization," further desensitizing them. This doesn't exactly encourage men to wear condoms, which further put a barrier between the penis and the vagina altering sensation.

It is undeniable; there is a huge gap between what the women and men say.

Could it be that women in America are getting sore from their circumcised partners, they want the situation to come to an end soon, and so instead of bruising their partner's feelings they fake an orgasm to get it over with?

It would be nice to see a comparative study in Europe, where men sport their anatomically correct genitalia. Would the gap be closer, further apart, or the same?

And what about other factors, like STDs? We hear all these "studies" that come from Africa, but what is the situation in the US? Is HIV/AIDS further spread among the circumcised, or the anatomically correct? Why was the study silent on this? Were they simply too afraid to find out that circumcision isn't doing anything to prevent HIV in America, confounding the WHO and certain interest groups' current efforts to circumcise the whole of Africa?

What's the deal? Circumcision is a common phenomenon in this country. It shouldn't be too taboo to ignore. The study seems to have talked about everything BUT.

Also, the rates of infant circumcision have been falling since the 80%s. In 2006, the infant circ rate was pegged at about 56%, and according to the CDC, it was 33% in 2009. There are a lot of intact teens having sex along with their circumcised peers. Isn't anyone going to talk about that? Is there a difference? Is there not? Are women "prefering" one over the other? Why the silence?

Typical American "science." Never giving you the full picture.

Posted by: kogejoe | October 6, 2010 6:56 AM | Report abuse

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