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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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339Comments
Nov 27, 2012 9:58PM
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I been married for 52 years to my high school girlfriend---not bored yet--very blessed
Nov 27, 2012 9:57PM
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My buddy is a personal trainer and has had sex with five married women in the last year. Women cheat more. They have more opportunities.
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I'm glad I didn't marry a liar or a whore, just a good person.
Nov 27, 2012 9:55PM
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its obvious when all women have to do is open theire legs?! guys have to try with theire intelligence or what ever works right? besides one girlfriend as a friend and another and another and then they all give you sex when you need it.
Nov 27, 2012 9:51PM
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The best way to prevent cheating from your spouse is to stay single, have freedom, and remain debt free . Marriage is the nutbuster in sooooooo many ways ! A cheater in a temporary relationship is no problem at all, a replacement is quickly available !
Nov 27, 2012 9:49PM
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Women can be cheating bitches they are just better at concealing their whereabouts
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@Notz E; That's weak.  Having sex at all is a choice, therefore where and when and with whom are also choices.  Use your mind, not your unit to make decisions, it's that simple.
Nov 27, 2012 9:47PM
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it takes two to tango... same for both sexes.
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