HK couples losing their mojo in bedroom

Top News | Cindy Wan 5 Dec 2018

Crowdedness has deprived couples from having sex at home.

They are intimate with each other less than once a week on average, according to results of the Family Planning Association's territory-wide survey released yesterday.

It surveyed 1,514 married or cohabiting women aged 15 to 49 and 1,059 of their partners between August 2017 and June 2018.

Women revealed they had sex 3.69 times a month last year - a drop from 4.3 times in 2012.

It was a similar trend with men as they had sex 3.7 times a month, down from 4.4 times in the previous survey.

The respondents listed "crowded living space" and "sharing the same room with children" as the top factors stopping them from having sex.

The number of people who ticked crowded living space more than doubled to 27 percent from slightly more than 10 percent in 2012.

Those who said sharing a room with children also rose from 16 percent to 27 percent.

Despite being less sexually active, most rated their marriage as satisfactory or very satisfactory, said Susan Fan Yun-sun, the association's executive director.

The frequency of sex is not the only aspect of a healthy a marriage as other factors are also taken into consideration, including the level of intimacy and communication, she said.

However, Fan said sex is often an effective way to improve a relationship and suggested that couples take short holidays without their children or make use of their time alone to be intimate with each other.

Also, the number of children women have in Hong Kong increased to 1.28 last year, after it hit 1.24 in 2012, the association said.

It is still below the ideal number for respondents, whose average answer is 1.6.

Just over half of respondents regarded having two children as the ideal situation for their families, while nearly a third favored having just one child. Less than 10 percent preferred not having children.

The financial burden and responsibilities were the two top reasons that respondents chose to have no children or just one child. "Wanting more time and space for personal development" was third.

Paul Yip Siu-fai, chairman of the association's research subcommittee, said offering timely financial and family support and improving the education system will encourage couples to have more babies.

cindymt.wan@singtaonewscorp.com

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