Many people will argue that having sex and making love are two completely different things. The first involves the physical attractions of two people who might not necessarily be in love and the fulfillment of their needs.The second act entails a more emotional interaction between two people in a relationship, usually. In reality, we could say there is the same word for both, since it’s about two people involved in a sexual act that could include feelings of any kind or not.
A recent study by sociologist Matt Swayne, investigated the physical effect love had when people engaged in any sexual act. The results were impressive. ‘The benefits of being in love with a sexual partner are more than just emotional. Most of the women in the study said that love made sex physically more pleasurable. Women who loved their sexual partners also said they felt less inhibited and more willing to explore their sexuality.’
A significant number of heterosexual women coming from a wide range of backgrounds and aged between 20 and 68 years old took part in the study and supported the view that love was a necessary aspect that contributing towards maximum satisfaction in both sexual relationships and marriage.
When they were in love, sex was more physically pleasurable; “women said that they connected love with sex and that love actually enhanced the physical experience of sex,” Women who loved their sexual partners also said they felt less inhibited and more willing to explore their sexuality” , said Beth Montemurro, associate professor of sociology.
The researchers noted that the women viewed sex as the expression of love and that improved its quality and level of positive experience. They also found that sex was an important part of long lasting, happy marriages and relationships.