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People who are well-off have better sex lives than their poorer counterparts, research finds.

The study, published in the journal Annals of Epidemiology in October 2013, surveyed almost 1,000 citizens of Spain. Overall sexual satisfaction was high, with 90 percent of men and women saying they were quite or very satisfied with their sex lives. But both men and women (but especially women) were less satisfied the lower their socioeconomic status. The reason may be that poorer people have less control over contraception and have a higher experience of past sexual abuse.

Stephanie Pappas
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Stephanie Pappas is a contributing writer for Live Science, covering topics ranging from geoscience to archaeology to the human brain and behavior. She was previously a senior writer for Live Science but is now a freelancer based in Denver, Colorado, and regularly contributes to Scientific American and The Monitor, the monthly magazine of the American Psychological Association. Stephanie received a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of South Carolina and a graduate certificate in science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz.