Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2007, 39(3):134–140, DOI: 10.1363/3913407 Despite the importance of these relationships, it is difficult to obtain representative information about the sexual activities of young adults or the emotional context in which these activities take place.
Specifically, what types of sexual activities occur in long-term relationships, and how are these experiences related to love between partners?
Romantic love is associated with euphoria, focused attention, feelings of dependence and the activation of brain areas involved in motivation and reward.
Sexual activity may play a role in efforts to establish and maintain such relationships.
Eighty percent of respondents had engaged in cunnilingus and fellatio as well as vaginal intercourse in their current relationship; thisgroupincluded22%who also had engaged in anal sex.
Compared with their peers who reported that they and their partner did not love each other a lot, both males and females who reported mutually loving relationships had significantly higher odds of having given oral sex (odds ratios, 3.9 and 2.6, respectively) and having received oral sex (1.8and3.3); males in mutually loving relationships also had elevated odds of having had anal sex (3.1).
Overall, 85% of the young adults had engaged in vaginal sex in the past year.