Does sex get better with age?
Good sex is the preserve of feisty 20-year-olds with great bodies and rocket-fuelled sex drives. At least, that’s what most people think.
But a new survey begs to differ. According to a US poll of over 2,000 men and women, sex really does get better with age - and that’s particularly true for men. The study found that men are the most confident in bed between the ages of 50 and 69, while women experience their peak of sexual confidence between 18 and 29.
So as men get older, their confidence in the bedroom increases, making sex more fun, less stressful and more satisfying. Here are a few more reasons why your sex life will only get better.
Men worry less
You may worry a bit about the odd grey hair or the laughter lines around your eyes (nothing’s that funny, eh?) but you worry far less about getting older than your partner does.
According to the poll, only 34 percent of men are worried about the physical signs of ageing - compared to 56 percent of women.
The poll also found that the word most associated with men and grey hair was “distinguished”, while with women it’s “old”.
Why is any of this good for your sex life past 30? For a start, it means men are less self-conscious in bed, leaving them freer to enjoy the experience. As we age we no longer feel the need to show our 'best side' or hide wobbly bits. We’re much more likely to think: take me how I am.
The other upside to all this is that our partners spend a lot of time and effort warding off the ravages of age. From a purely selfish perspective, many 35- or 40-year-old women have never looked so good. Some research even suggests that the ‘cougar’ phenomenon is driven by a subconscious confusion: young men are primed by evolution to go for long, luscious locks, clear skin and sparkling eyes, the genetic signals of youth. All of which are increasingly found on older women.