Sexual satisfaction is the result of assessing how satisfying a person’s feelings are about their sexual relationship with their partner. and how satisfied the individual was with the interaction between the couple
Academics tend to study sexual preferences among male and female partners more than same-sex couples. Thus, theories and concepts of sexual satisfaction cover most of the relationships between male and female couples. There are three popular concepts as follows:
- The concept that focuses on sexual problems
It is a study of sexual satisfaction by assessing problems that occur in sex (Magnitude of problem). rather than a measure of satisfaction. Use the negative experiences or real problems of the patients who come to sex therapy in life as an idea to create a measure to distinguish couples with sex problems from those who do not have problems. Most of the questions were related to the quality of sex with a partner, such as Our sex is tasteless My partner is too harsh on me during sex, etc.
In this study, it was found that Couples with sexual dysfunction also reported having relationship problems. For example, a study in Peixoto and Nobre’s MSM (2016) found that MSM with stress due to erectile dysfunction was having Problems with erection, premature ejaculation, delayed ejaculation and lack of arousal would rate satisfaction in romantic relationships lower than men who have sex with men without erectile dysfunction problems This is consistent with the work of Heiman et al. (2011) who studied relationship satisfaction in older couples in five countries.Sex satisfaction can be measured by sexual performance. Because these two things are so highly related that they can be used interchangeably.Similarly, Sprecher’s (2002) study looked at people in a relationship. And Stanik and Bryant’s (2012) study of newly married couples found thatSexual satisfaction can predict relationship satisfaction.The findings were consistent with both men and women.
- The concept of social exchange theory (Interpersonal Exchange Theory)
This concept describes sexual satisfaction as both an individual’s thoughts and feelings.Individuals will evaluate the return or what they earn (Rewards) compared to the investment or the cost they have to pay for sexual relations. together with using their own feelings to judge that assessment as well
Research by Byers and Macneil (2006) studying long-lasting married couples. It argues that a couple’s sexual satisfaction is the result of an assessment of the returns and investment made by sex. The satisfaction was lower than the perception that the partner was interested in sex as well as himself.
- The concept that sex is a sexual activity of two persons acting together
This view assumes that outcomes, or sexual satisfaction, are influenced by both the individual and their partner. Štulhofer et al. (2010) analyzed the constituents of sexual satisfaction among males. Both males who are gay and gay males found that relationship satisfaction is divided into 2 components:
(1) Personal Satisfaction Component (Ego-focused)Refers to a person’s perception of how they feel about sex, such as sexual arousal concentrate on sex or ready for sex
(2) Components of interaction between couples (Activity-focused)It is a person’s perception of how their lover responds to sex with them, for example, the lover opens up during sex. Lovers pay attention to their sexual desires. Or lovers are creative in having sex.
When comparing the level of sexual satisfaction of MSM and MSM, it was found that MSM had higher sex satisfaction than MSM. Sex satisfaction was positively correlated with life satisfaction. intimacy between couples communication between couples