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Who Cheats?

And the surprising reason WHY - Sometimes what's going on in the world just doesn't make sense: Men are more likely to get hurt in the breakup of a romantic relationship, but they are also more likely to CAUSE the breakup, since they are more likely to cheat. But most of the time this happens under special conditions: The more economically dependent a man is on his female partner, the more likely he is to cheat on her. What's love got to do with all this, anyway? (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show).

Sociologist Christin Munsch says, "But for women, economic dependency seems to have the opposite effect: the more dependent they are on their male partners, the less likely they are to engage in infidelity."

According to her study, which examined 18- to 28-year-old married and cohabiting respondents who were in the same relationship for more than a year, men who were completely dependent on their female partner's income were 5 times more likely to cheat than men who contributed an equal amount of money to the partnership. Men were the least likely to cheat when their partners made approximately 75% of their incomes.

What's going on here? Munsch says, "For women, making less money than a male partner is not threatening, it is the status quo. More importantly, economically dependent women may encounter fewer opportunities to cheat, and they may make a calculated decision that cheating just isn't worth it. Ifthey get caught, their livelihood is at risk."

Are some of men cheating because they're not having enough fun in the sack? We've discovered that sperm is a surprising antidepressant. But if that's not enough of an incentive, many women with low sex drives have reported greater sexual satisfaction after taking a placebo.

Psychologists examined data from a previous clinical trial that followed 200 women over a 12-week period. Fifty of those women, ages 35-55, were randomly chosen to receive a placebo instead of a drug treatment for low sexual arousal. None of the participants knew which treatment they were given. To measure the effect of the treatment, women were asked to rate symptoms of sexual dysfunction such as low sexual desire, low sexual arousal and problems with orgasm.

The findings show that on average, one in three of the women who took a placebo showed an overall improvement. Most of that improvement seemed to happen during the first 4 weeks (and as with all placebos, there were not side effects except, in this case, having a good time).

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