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Lack of enthusiasm is the number one reason that couples stop having sex – and cheating is way down on the list

WHETHER it’s busy work schedules, or the exhaustion of parenting, keeping the fire alive in a relationship can be challenging.

And now scientists have revealed the real passion killers – and cheating is not the top of the list.

Psychologists delved into the sex lives of hundreds of volunteers to discover why their sex-lives are dwindling.

At the top of the list was a “lack of enthusiasm”, according to the Mail on Sunday.

This was followed by a lack of time and space, with couples reporting feeling “oppressed” by their other halves, the journal of Evolutionary Psychology states.

The third biggest mood killer was a hectic work schedule, and then perhaps the most offensive “bad sex.”

Surprisingly, infidelity fell fifth on the list alongside abuse from a partner.

Professor Meneleos Apostolou from the University of Nicosia, Cyprus, who conducted the survey, said it was important to identify why sex lives were waning.

Speaking to MOS he said: “Difficulties in keeping an intimate relationship could potentially cause considerable emotional pain to people.

“Identifying these difficulties is the first step toward addressing them and improving people’s emotional wellbeing.”

In other sex and relationship news, we revealed why getting hot under the covers could boost your mental and physical wellbeing.

And we revealed the dos and don’ts of dating in lockdown.

Plus one in three Brits have admitted to having sex with the lights off to save on the electricity bill.

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