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Why married women have affairs
We look at possible reasons why married women have affairs.....

There are many reasons why a married woman may decide to have an affair

The obvious, of course, would be that she is unhappy in her marriage and is looking for something different. Perhaps she has grown accustomed to her lifestyle and doesn’t want to give it up, but enjoys the company of another man who is outside the marriage.

Another reason why a woman might have an affair is a previous attraction to another man she did not marry. Perhaps she was with someone else before her husband and it did not work out. Now he has come back into her life and she just can’t seem to stay away.

Affairs happen in any setting for a number of reasons

Sometimes women feel liberated to be in the workplace. Their husbands don’t always understand why they want to work, but other men in the workplace do. It is not uncommon for a woman to turn to a man who does.

Women also often have affairs as they age

Their husbands may not always make them feel attractive so they, like many men, go in search of the compliments. Sometimes it isn’t even necessary to search. Sometimes men give women the attention they seek and affairs are built from this foundation.

An affair is usually borne of either unhappiness or longing

Unhappiness in a marriage is one of the most common reasons for an affair, but it can go much deeper than this. Women who are unhappy with themselves may also seek the affections of another to try and feel better.

Longing for something that simply isn’t is also another reason why affairs occur.

Some women simply have affairs because they can

Freedom and opportunity sometimes even allow them to have multiple partners, depending on the woman and the specific situation.

Over the years, statistics show that the number of women who have extramarital affairs has increased over the last three decades. Also, the age they are when the first affair occurs has even decreased.

According to one study, the age at which women had their first affairs in the 1950s and ‘60s was between 30 and 40. During the 1970s and ‘80s, the age range was between 26 and 30. When the 1990s hit, women began having their first affairs in their early 20s, and the same is still true today.

Affairs among women have become just as common as affairs among men

Infidelity is no longer a surprise. Perhaps the real reasons are quite personal and can’t be detected by a study or survey. Whatever they are, women must confront the same fears and frustrations as men in order for this trend to decrease.

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