How Sex Changes In A Long-Term Relationship

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Sex in the early stages of a relationship is undoubtedly exciting.

You're still getting accustomed to each other's bodies, feelings things out — quite literally — to get a grasp on what'll get your partner's toes curling. Everything is shiny and new, and each time your clothes come off, there's a good chance you'll uncover something about your partner's sexual preferences that you never knew before.

It's as the relationship goes on that things can begin to feel a little mundane. You've been having sex with this person for so long that you know what to expect. It's that comfortability level that has you getting in, getting off, and getting out because you can.

Sometimes, the sex can feel hot and passionate, and other times, you're letting out forced grunts, eager to roll over and get the hell to sleep.

A little bit of effort will go a long way when it comes to maintaining strong sexual desire in a long-term relationship.

A handful of couples took to Reddit to express their thoughts on how the sex has changed over the years, whether for better or for worse.

Read on, and maybe you can learn and a thing or two.

Another year means another opportunity to get off multiple times in bed.

After a rough patch, this husband's having the sex he dreamed of having as a kid.

Describing this couple's sex life as "hot and cold" would be... quite a literal description, to say the least.

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After years of focusing on the physical, this couple has begun taking it a bit more slow.

A decline in their sex life was just one aspect of this couple's failing marriage.

Even with work and children now in the mix, it's still possible to have a pretty amazing sex life.

Monogamy: It's not for everyone.

Just speak up about what you want, and you, too, can have crazy boat sex in the middle of the ocean.

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The longer you're together, the better the sex — simple as that.

This couple is trying to break out of the bedroom routine that they've found themselves in.

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Be prepared to put in work post-baby birth, according to this couple.

This woman enjoys the sex, but just wished her husband would remember it's a marathon, not a sprint.

After 24 years, this couple is continuing to do things in bed that'll kick their sex life up a notch.

So, while it's different for each couple (only one of the pairs referenced divorce, so that seems like great odds!), it's clear that your sex life won't just magically stay youthful and adventurous.

Missionary, P-in-V style sex will only get you so far in a relationship, especially with 20+ years, a few children, and a whole lot of face wrinkles under your belt.

So when in doubt, make an effort to spice it up... or just have sex on a boat.