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It turns out a relationship doesn’t have to be monogamous to be satisfying.  According to EurekAlert! ,

University of Guelph researchers surveyed more than 140 people in non-monogamous relationships, and more than 200 in monogamous ones and compared them to one another. The data revealed people in non-monogamous relationships were just as satisfied with the relationship they had with their main partner as those in monogamous ones. Researcher Jessica Wood explains, “In both monogamous and non-monogamous relationships, people who engage in sex to be close to a partner and to fulfill their sexual needs have a more satisfying relationship than those who have sex for less intrinsic reasons, such as to avoid conflict.” She adds that ultimately, if you are fulfilling your psychological needs and are satisfied sexually, you are more likely to be happy in your partnership no matter what the relationship structure.

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