The 48hr ‘after­glow’ that bonds us closer af­ter sex

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SEX gives cou­ples an ‘after­glow’ that lasts up to two days and helps them to bond more closely, re­search has found.

A study of new­ly­weds found the warm feel­ings be­tween lovers re­mained for up to 48 hours, strength­en­ing their re­la­tion­ship how­ever long they’d been to­gether.

The find­ings by US psy­chol­o­gists show in­ti­macy in the bed­room bonds cou­ples to­gether more than was pre­vi­ously believed.

Dr Andrea Meltzer, of Florida State Univer­sity, said: ‘Our re­search shows sex­ual sat­is­fac­tion re­mains el­e­vated 48 hours af­ter sex.

‘And peo­ple with a stronger sex­ual after­glow – that is, peo­ple who re­port a higher level of sex­ual satis- fac­tion 48 hours af­ter sex – re­port higher lev­els of re­la­tion­ship sat­is­fac­tion sev­eral months later.’

The link was re­vealed in an anal­y­sis of two in­de­pen­dent stud­ies and was pub­lished in Psy­cho­log­i­cal Science. Over­all par­tic­i­pants’ mar­i­tal sat­is­fac­tion de­clined be­tween the be­gin­ning of the study and a fol­lowup ses­sion four to six months later.

But those who re­ported rel­a­tively high lev­els of sex­ual after­glow seemed to fare bet­ter rel­a­tive to their peers. Re­searchers say the find­ings sug­gest sex is linked with re­la­tion­ship qual­ity over time through the lin­ger­ing ef­fects of sex­ual sat­is­fac­tion.

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