Penis size, sex position leading cause of marital infidelity, study reveals

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“Our results show that in the perspective of women, large-sized penises are associated with extra-marital partnerships possibly due to pain and discomfort during sex.”

Married women whose husbands have longer, erect penis, and who are being denied their preferred sex position are more likely to cheat on their men, a study has revealed.

The study, published in Plos One, an online journal, and led by Kenyan and U.S. researchers, sought to investigate the predictors of extra-marital partnerships among women married to fishermen.

The study also showed that domestic violence, younger age, and lack of sexual satisfaction were critical factors leading to marital infidelity in women.

However, women older than 24 and who have increased sexual satisfaction were associated with reduced likelihood of extra-marital affairs.

“Integration of sex education, counselling and life skills training in couple HIV prevention programs might help in risk reduction,” the study noted.

The researchers conducted a total of 1090 structured interviews with 545 married couples from 33 beaches along Lake Victoria, in Kisumu County, Kenya.

A total of 545 women married to fishermen were enrolled to participate in the structured interviews with an average age of 24, with mostly primary level education.

Fishing communities along Lake Victoria are reported to commonly engage in high risk sexual behaviour and have high HIV prevalence rates of up to 26.5 per cent, compared to the regional and Kenyan national average of 15.1 per cent and 5.6 per cent respectively, the researchers stated.

The majority of the women (56.7 per cent) were affiliated to African Independent Churches while a quarter attended Protestant Churches. Also, over 90 per cent of the women were in monogamous marriage; the majority of those who were in polygamous marriages were in unions that consisted of one man and two wives.

About 6.2 per cent of the women admitted to extra-marital sex in the preceding six months, stated the study, which was published last weekend, while 27 per cent suspected their spouses to be engaged in extra-marital affairs.

Those women who suspect their spouses to be having extra-marital relationships were more likely to be involved in extra-marital affairs themselves than those who did not.

“Our results show that in the perspective of women, large-sized penises are associated with extra-marital partnerships possibly due to pain and discomfort during sex,” the researchers stated.

“This is contrary to men’s perspectives that have caused them to do all sorts of things to augment their penis sizes. Some have even insisted on penile enhancement against medical advisories that their penises are within the normal size.

“This is probably because of the received and popularized fallacy equating a larger penis with masculinity. This thinking needs to be progressively corrected, especially in the light of results such as this from women who are supposedly the main beneficiaries of penile enhancement outcomes.”

The researchers also found that women who are not stimulated by being offered certain preferred sex positions may go the extra step to seek satisfaction.

The study noted that women who experience domestic violence are more likely to become infected with HIV, probably because men who abuse their wives also exhibit riskier sexual behaviours.

“In the context of this study, it seems like women who experience violence from their spouses engage in extra-marital partnerships. It can also be the reverse that women who report extra-marital relationships experience domestic violence especially if their spouses suspect or get to learn about the relationships,” stated the study.