Sexual problems are more common than depression and anxiety combined. Fifty percent of married couples and sixty five percent of unmarried couples report having sexual problems, primarily around desire. One out of five couples are sexless (defined as sex ten times a year or less). Surprisingly, the most common time of becoming non-sexual is in the first two years of marriage.
While a good sexual relationship doesn’t predict relationship success, it adds 15 – 20% to marital vitality and satisfaction. However, lack of sex can break up relationships, playing a 50 – 75 % role. In other words, sex can enhance a good relationship, but have a significant negative impact on a poor relationship.