Top 50 Reasons Why Women Have Sex

The reasons people have sex have been assumed to be few in number and simple in nature–to reproduce, to experience pleasure, or to relieve sexual tension.

However, several theoretical perspectives suggest that motives for engaging in sexual intercourse may be larger in number and psychologically complex in nature.

InA study published in 2007 at University of Texas titled Why Humans Have Sex provides an astonishingly lengthy list of motives for which a woman would have sex.

One of the key motivations for this study, according to Cindy M. Meston and David M. Buss, the researchers, was to identify a broader array of potential reasons that motivate people to engage in sexual intercourse.

The results of the study show the top 50 reasons (in descending order) why women have sex:

  1. I was attracted to the person
  2. I wanted to experience the physical pleasure
  3. It feels good
  4. I wanted to show my affection to the person
  5. I wanted to express my love for the person
  6. I was sexually aroused and wanted the release
  7. I was ‘‘horny’’
  8. It’s fun
  9. I realized I was in love
  10. I was ‘‘in the heat of the moment’’
  11. I wanted to please my partner
  12. I desired emotional closeness (i.e., intimacy)
  13. I wanted the pure pleasure
  14. I wanted to achieve an orgasm
  15. It’s exciting, adventurous
  16. I wanted to feel connected to the person
  17. The person’s physical appearance turned me on
  18. It was a romantic setting
  19. The person really desired me
  20. The person made me feel sexy
  21. The person caressed me
  22. It seemed like the natural next step in my relationship
  23. I wanted to become one with another person
  24. It just happened
  25. I wanted to increase the emotional bond by having sex
  26. I wanted the experience
  27. I wanted the adventure/excitement
  28. The person had an attractive face
  29. The person was a good kisser
  30. I wanted to intensify my relationship
  31. My hormones were out of control
  32. I wanted to try out new sexual techniques or positions
  33. I wanted to feel loved
  34. The person had a desirable body
  35. I wanted to celebrate a birthday or anniversary or special occasion
  36. I wanted to communicate at a ‘‘deeper’’ level
  37. I was curious about sex
  38. It was a special occasion
  39. The person was intelligent
  40. I wanted to say ‘‘I’ve missed you’’
  41. I wanted to keep my partner satisfied
  42. I got ‘‘carried away’’
  43. The opportunity presented itself
  44. The person had a great sense of humor
  45. I wanted to improve my sexual skills
  46. I was curious about my sexual abilities
  47. The person seemed self-confident
  48. I wanted to make up after a fight
  49. I was drunk
  50. I was turned on by the sexual conversation.

During the study, 203 men and 241 women ranging in age from 17 years to 52 years took part in an initial study― Initial Item Generation―which produced 237 distinct reasons.

Then, a total of 1,549 undergraduate students (503 men, 1046 women) aged 16 years to 42 and distinct from those who took part in Study 1 participated the second study: Psychometric Analyses.

There you have it. So what motivates you to do the thing?

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