It won’t come as a surprise to women the world over, but an understanding male partner is far more likely to provide you with a fabulous sex life, scientists say.

Men who can communicate and listen well are more likely to give their female partners an orgasm, a study has revealed.

But women who have good self-esteem and are independent are also more likely to enjoy themselves too. 

Intimacy: Emotional empathy is the key to a better sex life, a study has found 
The U.S. research is the first to find a solid relationship between mental well-being and sexual pleasure.
It looked at three qualities which measured how happy an individual was – self esteem, autonomy and empathy. 
These were compared to three measures of sexual pleasure: regularity of orgasm, enjoyment of receiving oral sex and enjoyment of performing oral sex. 
The team from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that sexual enjoyment in women was consistently linked to an empathetic male partner. 
They found that when men were responsive and cared it set up a ‘feedback cycle’ which increased a woman’s pleasure. 
The results also indicated that among women self-esteem and the feeling of autonomy increased levels of sexual enjoyment. 
‘These developmental assets may be more important to young women’s sexual pleasure since they help them break down impediments to sexual communication and exploration,’ said lead researcher Adena Galinsky.
Her team found that young men are more likely to report the highest level of sexual enjoyment – nearly 9 out of 10 men had an orgasm most or all of the time they have sex, compared to while 47 per cent of women.
But in a surprising twist men were also more likely to enjoy giving oral sex to their partner more than women were.
‘The reality is that the majority of young men really like engaging in activities in which the goal is giving their partner pleasure,’ professor Galinsky told
‘There is a pretty consistent difference between young men and young women.’
She added that for both sexes: ‘Sexual health is more than the absence of sexually-transmitted infection, unintended pregnancy, violence or other problems. It is the presence of sexual well-being’.
The researchers looked at 3,237 respondents ages 18 to 26 who had taken part in an already published study.
Professor Galinsky and her team are now turning their attentions to sexual well-being in older men and women.

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