According to a study published in National Center for Biotechnology Information, women cheat as much as men do.
The researchers found out that nearly 25 percent of men cheat and a little over 20 percent of women do, too.
"Low relationship happiness and low compatibility in terms of sexual attitudes and values were predictive of infidelity," the paper reads.
Because we think these aren't the only reasons women have affairs, we summoned the courage to ask seven women of different ages to share why they cheated or what might push them to do so. Some pointed out it was the lack of time and attention from their partner, while others said they did it for revenge. Either way, it couldn't have been an easy situation.
Below are their detailed responses:
"I had a crazy boyfriend who tried to control everything I did. If he didn't know what I was doing or where I was 24/7, he would keep on calling me and message my friends. In addition, he was a loser who lived at home with his mom with no job, while I was working in a big company in Makati. I broke up with him several times, but he'd always threaten to kill himself that's why I stayed. Basically, his controlling, psycho attitude drove me to cheat on him." — Ina, 21
"I was no longer happy with my boyfriend. He didn't give me the attention that I needed. I loved him, but I felt like he kept me around to pass the time. My best friend was always there and he made me feel like the most beautiful woman so I had an affair with him. He never knew about it." — Elizabeth, 24
"I've been in an abusive relationship. He hurts me physically and would call me names. I didn't love him anymore. My self-esteem was shitty and I found someone that made me feel good about myself." — Elaine, 28
"My ex-boyfriend always accused me of cheating but I was a hundred percent faithful. I got so fed up with his accusations. I just figured why not cheat?" — Joy, 25
"We'd been dating for three years when I discovered that he was going out with someone else. I wasn't strong enough to confront him. I decided to go out with another man to make him feel how bad I felt. He eventually learned about it and our relationship started to fall apart." — Georgina, 27
"My partner hadn't touched me in almost two years. I don't know if he was having an affair or if he had a problem with me. I also have my needs, so you know what happened next. We've separated since then." — Kristine, 32
"My husband and I had been married for two years. We just went through a miscarriage and learned that I would likely never have children as a result of polycystic ovarian syndrome. It was a hard time for both of us. Then, his father died. He became angry and bitter with the world. We began avoiding one another because all we did was fight. We eventually stopped having sex. I felt like he just needed me at home to clean and cook. I began talking to someone through Facebook and he'd listen to my rants and comfort me. When we met up, we immediately felt that we were meant to be. We met up a couple of times before I told my ex-husband about it." —Lea, 34
This story originally appeared on Fhm.com.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.