What Americans do in bed

American’s behaviour in the bedroom has been revealed in detail in the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior, which appeared Monday in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

The survey reveals how often people are engaging in activity of a sexual nature, what they do, and whether they take precautions when they do it.   Its authors claim the most surprising finding is how complex Americans’ sexual activity has actually become.

“Our main point is that sex is more than just vaginal intercourse. While it does appear to be the most common behaviour , many people are being diverse in their sexual lives,” said Michael Reece, Director of Indiana University’s Center for Sexual Health Promotion and a study author.

The findings, based on a survey of 5,865 Americans between ages 14 and 94, include:

• Seven percent of women and 8 percent of men identified themselves as something other than heterosexual.

• About 40 percent of men and women ages 25 to 39 say they have vaginal intercourse a few times a month to once a week.

• Men masturbate more than women

• Men between 16 and 17 are receiving oral from women more than the other way round

• Four in 10 men age 25 to 59 say they have engaged in anal intercourse in their lifetime; the female percentage was similar for women 20 to 49.

• One third of married men in their 60s, have not had vaginal sex in the past year.

• 43 percent of men of all ages said their last sexual event was “extremely” pleasurable whilst only 29 percent of women rated theirs the same.

.• About 85 percent of men reported that their partner had an orgasm during their most recent sexual event but only 64 percent of women reported orgasming.

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