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A third of women have admitted to being less bothered about sex than their male partners, reports a new study. Even though many women don't want to have sex as much as their partners, they were found to be happy within their relationships.

In fact, it seems that women are accepting that men wanting more sex than them is just a standard thing and so normal for any relationship. This is according to a survey carried out by the Open University and Huddersfield University.

The survey asked 5,000 people aged from 16 to 65 who were in relationships about sex. It found that those who are able to talk about the differences in sex drive between themselves and their partners are best at just carrying on in their relationships.

Around two-thirds of the couples questioned said that sex is an important part of a relationship. However, for 33 per cent of women, it seemed to be more important for their male partners as they want more sex.

This figure was lower within new relationships, with just one in five women saying the same. After being in a relationship for 16 years, though, just under half of the women questioned said their sex drive was lower than their partner's.

Professor Jacqui Gabb from the Open University said: "What’s really interesting is that couples are saying that differences in sexual frequency and desire are just part and parcel of the relationship cycle and are accepted as not particularly significant.

"What couples talk about is finding a compromise - other ways of sharing and expressing feelings, acknowledging issues and, for older couples especially, not taking it all too seriously."

In comparison, just one in ten men said that their female partners had a higher sex drive than them. The way men saw sex was also slightly different, with professor Gabb noting that many saw sex as something that was "done for them" by their partners instead of a shared activity.