How Much Sex Is Too Much?

Things can be bad in relationships when there isn’t enough sex/intimate contact, but can there be too much sex? Is such a thing even possible? Obviously, this answer will be different for different people. But, let’s take a quick look.

First things first: how much sex is normal?

Amount of Sex by Age

According to the Kinsey Institute 18-29 year olds have sex an average of 112 times per year, 30-39 year olds an average of 86 times per year, and 40-49 year olds an average of 69 times per year.
There are lots of physiological symptoms of too much sex, especially from prolonged rough of vigorous intercourse. They include bruising, back pain, muscle strain, soreness, swelling, nerve damage, urinary tract infections, and cystitis in women. Friction can cause the vaginal walls to become infected causing burning, frequent urination, cloudy urination, odor in urine, etc… If you experience any of the above, it might be prudent to take an evening or two to rest and heal.

Sex releases dopamine in the brain, making us feel euphoric during sex. However, there is a real danger for some humans to get over-dependent or even hooked on this kind of dopamine release. Eventually people can become desensitized to the effects of the dopamine release which leads to severe cravings.  There is a fascinating Psychology Today article on this phenomenon. If you have time, take a look.

Other than the problems listed above, I say go for it. Only you know what is too much for you and your partner. Just keep an eye out for potential hazards!

Other sources:
http://www.kinseyinstitute.org/resources/FAQ.html