56% of coupled-up people in the East Midlands fancy their partner more now than at the beginning of their relationship

Anyone worrying about what to wear on a Valentine’s Day date with their partner or whether they’ve ‘still got it’ should feel reassured by new research carried out by relationship support charity, Relate. In a survey of over 2000 UK adults, they found that 62% of adults in relationships say they fancy their partner more now than at the beginning of their relationship. For those living in the East Midlands, this is slightly less at 56%.

While people tend to fancy their partner more than at the beginning of the relationship, this didn’t necessarily equate to more sex. In total, just under a third (31%) of Brits in relationships and 24% in East Midlands were having more sex now than in the beginning of the relationship.

The survey confirmed the theory that love grows over time, with 69% in East Midlands saying they love their partner more now than at the beginning of their relationship. This compares to 77% across the whole of the UK.

Paul Dunnery, CEO of Relate Nottinghamshire said: “It’s heartening to hear that love and attraction increases with time for so many people. Sharing new experiences, valuing everyday pleasures and creating memories together helps the connection between couples to grow over the years. As partners we take on new challenges like bringing up children and building successful careers, and deal with everything life throws at us, we often start to see each other in a new light which can increase the attraction we feel.”

“If you’re having less sex now than at the beginning of your relationship, it doesn’t mean you don’t fancy each other or that your relationship is in trouble, particularly if you’re being intimate in other ways like touching, kissing and hugging. If you do one thing for your relationship this Valentine’s Day, plan in some time for intimacy –

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