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Who cheats more: Women or men?

Women are cheating more than ever, according to new research.

By Madeline Haller, Women's Health

Sure, it may seem like infidelity is a guy thing. But according to research from the Archives of Sexual Behavior, women are just about as guilty of straying, and in fact, they're cheating more than ever.

Researchers had 918 men and women fill out an online questionnaire on whether or not they've cheated on their partners and why they did it. The results show that 19 percent of women admitted to straying outside their relationship -- that's up 5 percentage points from the National Science Foundation's General Social Survey in 2010.

Men aren't much better: 23 percent of them reported cheating, up 4 percent since 2010.

While men still outpace women, it's alarming to see these numbers on the rise for both sexes. According to Dr. Sheri Meyers, a marriage and family therapist and author of Chatting or Cheating: How to Detect Infidelity, Rebuild Love, and Affair-Proof Your Relationship, it's not just attractive men that lure us from our relationships, but rather, it's relationship discontent that leads us to stray. In fact, Meyers says the most common reasons for infidelity are feeling lonely and disconnected from your partner; lack of communication; love and attention deficit; boredom; a sexual disconnect; or lack of intimacy.

Photo: White Packert/Getty ImagesAnd it doesn't help that a new study published in the journal Hormones and Behavior found that certain points in our cycles make us even more likely to doubt the dude we're dating -- particularly if he's not over-the-top sexy.

In the study, women were significantly more likely to find fault with their partners and feel less close to them during the high-fertility period than the low-fertility period of their cycles.

So what should you do if (or perhaps, when) the grass looks greener on the other side? Put that temptation to rest with these ways to prevent cheating.

This content originally appeared as "Who cheats more: Women or men?" on Women's Health.

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Nov 28, 2012 3:58AM
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 If you choose to stay in a relationship, phenomenal!  Good for you!  For many others, once there is a feeling of entrapment, pretty much anyone wants to be out of the situation.  Who cares if men cheat more or women cheat more?  Why not look at the institution and admit that the current model basically doesn't work well for the average person? 


Nov 28, 2012 3:56AM
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I've been in love with the same woman for 44 years and when I look a her she still takes my breath away.
Nov 28, 2012 3:55AM
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One of my friends cheated with a man she met on Ashley Madison. She loves her husband and had a good life, but her husband just was not interested in sex and never did anything romantic for her. He even neglected to buy her anniversary, Christmas and Birthday gifts. After not having sex for 3 years she had the affair. She told me that the affair was the best thing she ever did. It motivated her to stay in her marriage and work on herself. She is still married to her husband and has no intention of leaving him, but has admitted she meets the other man once a month. She said it works well for both her and the guy she is cheating with. She gets the sex and attention she is needing and still maintains her lifestyle. I guess the thing is that if a man takes forgranted the woman he is married to and fails to do his part, the woman cheats. 
Nov 28, 2012 3:54AM
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This isn't shocking to me at all. Men usually have sex for one of two reasons,they either want to get their rocks off,or they are in love. Women will have sex with men for so many reasons. Because they want to "get back" at your girlfriend/wife for something. Because they want to "get back" at their boyfriend/husband for something. Because they desperately need attention. Because they want to have something to talk about. Because it's a game. Because they want to try to get money out of you,or a higher social status. Being in a 3 year monogamous relationship,I don't think much of females anymore. You see what the other sex is really like when your in a serious relationship. Needless to say,I only have a couple girlfriends. 
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BTW, since you appear to be keeping track, do women cheat more with other men... or other women?
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Nice twist on your language....

Women 'stray'...

but men 'cheat'??

Nov 28, 2012 3:28AM
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there is a study where one out of every three children do not share DNA with the father of the house. So...how much you gotta cheat to have a baby? Or can she fool herself outta that one too? Men; 'YOU ARE NOT THE CHEATERS'!
Nov 28, 2012 3:25AM
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Woman not only cheat more they lie more, even when you catch them flat out on a date, or in a moment they'll lie, where as when a guys cought hes cought and tells the truth about everything
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