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Cheating Wives: Women and Infidelity

Can this marriage be saved? Maybe, maybe not. Think twice or three times before leaping into another guy's arms.

ByJeanie LercheDavis
WebMD Feature

Reviewed ByBrunilda Nazario,MD

The affair: Maybe you've considered it. Maybe you're in it. Today's women are acting on the urge, more than ever before, a new survey reveals.

One in five married women has had a fling -- the highest numbers ever recorded, according to one group of researchers. In fact, the numbers of cheating wives now equals the statistics on cheating husbands, according to a study by Tom W. Smith with the National Opinion Research Center.

In these Sex and the City days, that's hardly startling. "Society has given women permission to be sexually active, and it's perfectly clear why women do it ... it's for the same reasons men do. They're not getting what they want out of their marriage," says David Kaplan, PhD, a marriage counselor with 15 years under his belt, and now a spokesperson for the American Counseling Association.

The workplace, working out, the Internet -- women have more sexual opportunities than ever before. With better salaries and no children, the stakes seem low if they are caught.

Readers Tell Their Stories

For more insights, we asked WebMD readers about their indiscretions. Here's what some shared: