What Percentage Of Couples Survive An Affair?

May 9, 2019

Related: Women Are Cheating For Different Reasons Than Before

When it comes to cheating in a relationship, how people handle the fallout all comes down to the individual couple. We often talk about the percentages of men and women who cheat and why they do it, but what do we know about the couples who survive an affair?

A new study by Health Testing Centers found that more than half (54.5%) of couples break up immediately after an affair is revealed. 30% of couples try to work it out, but ultimately break up anyway, and only 15.6% of couples actually survive when someone in the relationship strays.

Looking at it even deeper, whether a couple survives is heavily dependent on their relationship status and gender. Married couples (23.6%) are more likely to stay together than those who are just in a committed relationship (13.6%). Also, women are twice as likely to stay with their partner after receiving a confession of cheating.

And speaking of, what are the top reasons people confess to an affair? The top three are guilt (47%), wanting to let their partner know they’re unhappy (39.8%) and believing their partner needed to know (38.6%).


(H/T: Best Life)