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A Case for Casual Sex

Casual Sex Benefits

If you’re single, then it’s time to mingle! According to scientists, casual, no-strings sex can be just as emotionally and mentally rewarding as sex within a relationship can be.

A 2012 study published in the Journal of Sex Research found that sex in and out of relationships pose the same positive short-term effects, meaning that you don’t need a long-term partner to get the warm & fuzzy feel-good benefits of having sex.

The original hypothesis of the study was that women having sex outside of a relationship feel bad about doing so, viewing casual sex more negatively than males do. The happy irony however shows that this is anything but the case – it’s nice to be wrong sometimes, isn’t it?

Levels of sexual satisfaction, emotional well-being, enjoyment, and considering oneself attractive were nearly identical in both camps (the casual sex camp and the committed relationship sex camp). This is great news for single ladies hesitant to engage in a one night stand for fear of emotional fallout; however one finding of the study was that women were more likely than men to come away from a casual encounter with worries about their health, which is only natural, right?

We’re not ones to argue with science – so ladies, stay satisfied and stay safe!

About Donna Turner

Donna is a Volonté contributor and freelance writer who lives in San Francisco with her husband and two sons. Her work has appeared in Psychology Today, Go! Magazine (Australia) and is regularly featured in the San Francisco Herald.

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