How much sex is enough? How many times should we have sex? What is the average number of occasions should we have sex in a week? These are some of the many questions couples or singles with active sexual life are pondering over. While sex is not a task or a competition that has to be done keeping rules and regulations in mind but a new study has found a link between the age and frequency of how often people generally have sex. Yes, heard it right. There is indeed a research paper that presents what ‘normal’ number of times is to have an intercourse and involve in intimate sexual acts.

The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Reproduction and Gender has found that age is a significant predictor in foretelling the number of times a person should normally be having sex. Of course, there are various parameters playing a role such as a lifestyle, stress level, day-to-day routine, choices, interests and more in having sex. Is Oral Sex Spreading Deadly STDs? Unsafe Sex With No Condom Leading To Gonorrhea Superbug.

The Kinsey Institute found people between the age group of 18 and 29 to be having the most sex, with an average of 112 sex sessions per year, or twice a week. The next in line is the 30 to 39-year-olds who have sex 86 times per year, meaning 1.6 times per week. Those in the 40 to 49 age bracket to have sex only 69 times per year, which means less than once a week. Not that the results are anything surprising.

It is well assumed that with growing age, multiple new variables are affecting the sexual frequency. Apart from the biological ticking of the age group, sex frequency also depends on how old or young at heart does an individual feel, reported a study by Midlife in the United States (MIDUS) that suggested this factor based on frequency of sex, perceived quality of sexual activity, and interest in sexual activity of its subjects.

The younger lots have less to think or worry about. Lack of responsibilities concerning family or financial security, the physical health being in the top shape and sheer enthusiasm makes the 18 and 29 age group the most active ones compared to the increasing aged-groups. “The basic storyline that has emerged from these studies is that, as we get older, our odds of developing chronic health conditions increases and this, in turn, negatively impacts the frequency and quality of sexual activity,” wrote Dr. Justin Lehmiller, in a Kinsey Institute post.

The research also highlighted marriage also playing a pivotal role in sex frequency apart from the age parameter. 34 percent of married couples have sex two to three times per week; 45 percent have sex a few times a month, and 13 percent have sex only a few times a year. There are numerous researches done in the past which has proved married couples who have more sex tend to be happier than those not cozying up more often. (Edited By: Rashmi Mishra).