Weird Statistics and Facts: On Sex

Based on interviews with a random sample of almost 3,500 people, ages 18–59, the Social Organization of Sexuality found that the average American male has sex with 6 women over a lifetime, and the average American woman has only 2 lovers.

Source: Gagnon, Robert Michael, and Stuart Michaels. The Social
Organization of Sexuality. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994.

But I reckon that if you factor in that men tend to exaggerate and women tend to understate in these matters – maybe about 4 partners is average for men and women…

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