People in open relationships not more sexually satisfied than monogamous couples

A news study now suggests that people in open relationships are no more sexually and emotionally satisfied than monogamous couples, new research suggests.

As long as couples have sex to be close to each other or to fulfill their desires, there is no difference in how content people are with their partners, the study found.


On the other hand, those who get intimate for less personal reasons are less likely to be happy in their relationships regardless of whether it is open or monogamous.

Speaking about it, lead author Jessica Wood, from the University of Guelph, said, ‘We found people in consensual, non-monogamous relationships experience the same levels of relationship satisfaction, psychological well-being and sexual satisfaction as those in monogamous relationships.”

According to Wood, while polygamy is far more prevalent than anticipated, research shows that choice of relationship structure is not an indicator of how happy or satisfied we are in our primary relationships.

The findings were published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.