Rio de Janeiro, Brazil -- A 'Hite-Report'-style survey has found that Brazilian women would like to have sexual relations more frequently.
Preliminary Results of the survey were published Monday by the newsweekly Veja which called the findings 'surprising.'
The study was made by Veja's sister publication Nova, which is like America'sCosmopolitan magazine. In its April issue Nova included a list of 87 'intimate questions' and asked readers to respond in detail.
Some 3,600 women, who did not give their names, sent detailed responses to the questionnaire. Veja said that number surpassed the total of women interviewed by Shere Hite in her best-selling Hite Report on Female Sexuality and called the Nova survey 'the first in-depth study on the sexuality of the Brazilian woman.'
The following percentages of women reached orgasm according to the survey:
-Always, 31 percent;
-Almost always, 39 percent;
-Sometimes, 18 percent;
-Rarely, 8 percent;
-Never, 4 percent.
Asked if they would prefer to make love more or less frequently, 65 percent opted for more, 31 percent for less and 4 percent liked the status quo.
Forty-seven percent considered it possible to have good sexual relations without love, 57 percent said they had had an affair with a married man, and 54 percent said they had seduced a man.
One fault of the survey is that the readers of Nova do not totally represent the mass of brazilian women.
'Our readers are women of the middle and upper middle classes,' Nova editor Fatima Ali, 37, said. But she asserted that they are representative because they set the social trends.
The majority of the women who responded to the survey were between 20 and 29 years of age and only 35 percent were married.
The Hite report found that many American women were dissatisfied with their sex life because their partners did not often bring them to orgasm.