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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 28, 2012 7:37PM
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Celebrating 27 yrs married tomorrow. Lots of laughs, plenty of challenges, but we've stayed faithfull, so thanks to God and my wife for hanging in during the challenging times.
Nov 28, 2012 7:35PM
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Cheating is cheating...doesn't matter which gender does it more...it's hurtful.

Nov 28, 2012 7:34PM
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The next time someome calls you a cheater tell them to prove to you they are not cheating.

Nov 28, 2012 7:25PM
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If and when you tell you partner no to sex you are going to get cheated on expect it you brought it on yourself.

Nov 28, 2012 7:10PM
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If you wanna cheat dont be with that person how complicated is it.Oh yeah it is also a sin that you will have to account to the lord on judgement day bottom line if your a cheater you are pure sorry
Nov 28, 2012 6:47PM
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It's simple. Just be fair about it. Just tell your husband/wife and kids that you would like to have an affair and want their consent first, if you have any common sense at all the truth will set you free. Nobody plans on failing--they just fail to plan. 
Nov 28, 2012 6:09PM
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My wife uses the internet to cheat.  She likes to expose her breasts and watch men masterbate while they are camming.
Nov 28, 2012 5:25PM
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When women think they control sex in the bedroom and limit access to intimacy, men look elsewhere, men look outside the relationship.  There are now laws preventing men from intimacy if the woman says NO.  Nowhere does it allow women to dictate if, when and how often men can be intimate.  Want to keep your man, work on it!!
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