According to research published in the August issue of Archives of Sexual Behavior in a survey of 400 students and volunteers, the following top 20 reasons were given by women as to why they have had sex in the past:

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.

Keep in mind, most of the subjects were college students, which certainly might color why some of these are in the Top 20.

See also, Top 20 Reasons Men Said They Have Sex and the full list of 237 reasons to have sex.

 


Comments


View Comments / Leave a Comment

This post currently has 3 comments.
You can read the comments or leave your own thoughts.


    Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 1 Aug 2007
    Published on PsychCentral.com. All rights reserved.

APA Reference
Grohol, J. (2007). Top 20 Reasons Women Said They Have Sex. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 1, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2007/08/01/top-20-reasons-women-said-they-have-sex/

 

Recent Comments
  • Maureen: I am glad to get this information before winter starts. I am going to begin to limit my light exposure in...
  • Maureen: I agree, let’s not punish ourselves for being human. Thanks for another great client handout!
  • So so sad: In a similar situation to Rationaliser but not so far down the line as you and have found your posts and...
  • Holly: I’m a therapist and when I ask my clients what their goal is I often hear that they want to be...
  • John J: My son is in the hospital. We’ve been struggling for years. It’s terrifying. He was taking...
Subscribe to Our Weekly Newsletter


Find a Therapist
Enter ZIP or postal code