Surprising age people are having the best sex of their life

When it comes to enjoying sex, you may think it’s the younger people who are having the time of their lives, but research reveals that for many people their best sex comes much later than that.

For many, our teens and early 20s were a time of obsessing over the opposite sex. Hormones were raging, emotions were high, and we were making our first fumbling sexual forays.

A time of discovery and exploration sure – but if you really think back on it – it was also often a time of intense awkwardness and cringeworthy moments.

A survey of 2000 people of all ages, conducted by Fenetic Wellbeing, asked respondents to nominate the period of their life in which they believe they were having the most satisfying sex.

The results showed that more than one-third of those aged over 50 were having the best sex of their lives after 45.

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Fenetic looked for the specific reasons behind this result and found the answers were different for men and women.

“For many women in their 20s they’re self-conscious, still trying to figure out who they are, are experimenting with what they like or don’t like,” Fenetic says.

“For some, this can be fun and exciting, however for others it can make sex quite awkward and uncomfortable.

“With younger women feeling the most self-conscious in their body during sex, it’s no surprise that women enjoy sex more as they get older and are less concerned with how they look. This means that for many women their sex drive is actually at its highest in their 40s as they’re more confident in their own body and know what they want in the bedroom.”

Men often don’t worry as much about how they look during sex. It’s well known that testosterone levels are at their highest in your 20s, and therefore so is your libido, but then decreases as you get older.

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“It is known that men’s sexual function slowly decreases as they age, but this doesn’t mean sexual satisfaction decreases,” Fenetic says.

“[The] survey revealed that, much like with women, men’s sexual satisfaction actually increases with age too.”

Psychosexual therapist Jacqueline Hellyer told MammaMia that while sex was still vitally important to mental health and relationships over 50, growing older can mean you need to expand your view of what ‘sex’ is.

“Sex is so closely linked to our overall wellbeing,” she says.

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“That old model of sex, where everything is about getting things done really quickly, is a bit like trying to be healthy, but eating fast food all the time.”

“Our model of sex might be okay when you meet someone and it’s all terribly exciting, but it’s bloody boring.

“So when mature couples stop having that boring style of sex, they tend to attribute that to the ageing process, when really it’s got not much to do with ageing at all.”

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Written by Brad Lockyer