Do Women Get Attached After Sex?


We surveyed 140 women (with an average age of 24) this question:

Are you capable of a "hookup" with a man without any attachment or feelings developing?

Here are their answers...

As you can tell by the results, most women do get attached after sex.

Of course, by how much is still unclear.

Either way, feelings do generally develop for most. This is worth considering if you're a guy looking for casual hookups.

Attachment Rates After Sex

Answers Responses
Would Develop Feelings 92
Would Not Develop Feelings 48

Biological and Psychological Perspectives

Understanding the connections between biological responses and psychological processes can elucidate why some women might feel a sense of attachment after sexual activity.

Hormonal Responses to Sexual Intimacy

During sexual intimacy, a woman's body releases hormones such as oxytocin and dopamine.

Oxytocin, often called the "love hormone," is particularly noteworthy for promoting bonding and attachment between individuals. It is released in significant quantities during sex, childbirth, and breastfeeding, fostering a sense of closeness and attachment.

  • Oxytocin: Elevates feelings of trust and bonding.
  • Dopamine: Associated with pleasure and reward, reinforcing the desire to repeat behaviors that induce it.

Attachment Theory and Sexual Connectivity

Attachment theory suggests that early relationships with caregivers shape an individual's expectation of future relationships. 

In the context of sexuality, this can influence the way a woman emotionally responds to sexual partners, potentially leading to an attachment response post-intimacy.

  • Secure Attachment: Likely to view sexual intimacy as part of a loving connection.
  • Anxious or Avoidant Attachment: May experience conflicting feelings of attachment and independence after sexual encounters.

Differences in Emotional Responses

Men and women can experience different emotional responses after sex, influenced by both societal norms and biological factors. 

Research indicates that women may have a propensity to form emotional attachments as a result of their hormonal makeup combined with societal expectations.

  • Biological Factors: Hormonal releases contribute to emotional bonding.
  • Cultural Factors: Societal expectations often emphasize emotional connection in conjunction with sexual activity for women.

About the Study

  • We asked 140 American women about odds of attachment after sex.
  • The survey has a 95% confidence rate with an 8% margin of error.
  • The average age is approximately 24 years old.​
  • The study was published on December 8th, 2023.
  • The platform used was Prolific, and the responses were anonymous.
  • Ethnicity: 45% White, 25.71% Asain, 12.14% Black, 7.86% Mixed, 9.29% N/A
  • PDF Survey Download

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