"The findings showed that couples who spent extra time together reported feeling more satisfied with both their sex lives and their relationship with their partner."
Toronto, May 28 - Don't just hit the sack after making love. Cuddle her well to get the moment going.
Engaging in post-sex affection such as kissing, cuddling or affectionate talk promote bonding and sexual satisfaction - especially if you have kids.
Parents often have less time for sex and romance. Time spent cuddling after sex had a stronger impact on their relationships than it did for non-parents, explained relationship researcher Amy Muise from University of Toronto Mississauga.
It is possible that additional bonding time after sex is even more important for couples who may face challenges finding time for intimate connection.
If you are able to, spend those extra moments with your partner. Make time for shared intimacy, such as cuddling, kissing and intimate talk, Muise advised.
What couples do together after sex has a big impact on how they feel about their own sexual satisfaction and their relationship with their partner.
When people think of sex, they tend to be focused on intercourse or orgasm. Other affectionate aspects of sex are important for sexual and relationship satisfaction in a couple's life, Muise noted.
In her study, Muise tested the correlation between post-sex affectionate behaviour and sexual and relationship satisfaction from an online survey of 335 individuals, and a 21-day survey of 101 couples.
In the online survey, participants reported that they engaged in affectionate behaviour for an average of 15 minutes after sex.
In the second study, couples were asked to cuddle for a longer than average duration.
The findings showed that couples who spent extra time together reported feeling more satisfied with both their sex lives and their relationship with their partner.
The study was published in the recent issue of Archives of Sexual Behavior.