London, Nov 20 (UNI) New findings reveal that four in ten women would rather go shopping than have sex.
Bringing much needed relief to husbands, the study also said 72 per cent of wives still fancied their partners, giving them seven out of ten or higher on the scale of sexual attractiveness.
However, the wedding night is not quite the milestone it used to be, according to the research for First magazine.
Neither is marriage the institution it was. A fifth of women between 45 and 54 had been married twice, and more than two-thirds of those had separated within the first ten years of their marriage.
Nearly 37 per cent of those polled said they could be happy in a sexless marriage, with the figure rising to half for those married for more than 20 years.
Relationship psychologist Anjula Mutanda said this was a worrying indication. ''Considering that sex is a healthy part of a loving relationship and is an important way of physically and psychologically connecting with your partner, something is clearly wrong,'' Daily Mail quoted her as saying.
''Having no sex at all creates distance and resentment. A once loving and tactile relationship becomes the equivalent of living with your brother or sister,'' she added.
Ninety-four per cent of wives described themselves as ''happily married'', contrary to fable that sex life diminished after having children.