As people get older, the amount of sex they are having drops dramatically, but it is not because they lose their sex drive
IT’S a question we have all asked ourselves.
Just how much sex should I be having?
This is how much sex you SHOULD be having… according to your age
Well, according to the sexperts, the magic number depends on a number of factors – including age, health, sex drive and relationship status.
A study from the Kinsey Institute for research in Sex, Reproduction and Gender suggests age can predict how often you have sex.
Unsurprisingly, 18- to 29-year-olds have the most sex – getting down and dirty between the sheets an average of 112 times per year.
Those aged 30 to 39 have sex about 86 times a year, which is just under twice a week, and those aged 40 to 49 only have sex 69 times per year.
According to the study, as people get older the amount of sex they are having drops dramatically.
But that doesn’t mean their sex drive has slowed, it mainly means life stresses, family obligations and physical challenges can get in the way.
Older people report having the least amount of sex, but it might be down to how they feel about themselves
Feeling old can also stand in the way of a healthy sex life as it can make a person feel less sexy.
But don’t worry – a lot of older people don’t find age gets in the way of their sex life. One recent study claimed randy retirees get it on at least once a month and that older women in particular are like ‘Duracell’ bunnies.
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18 to 29-year-olds: Unsurprisingly, this was the age group found to have the most sex – getting down and dirty between the sheets an average of 112 times per year.
30 to 39-year-olds: This age bracket reported having sex about 86 times a year, which is about twice a week.
40 to 49- year olds: Approaching middle age, this group were found to only have sex 69 times per year, equivalent to once a week.
Dr. Justin Lehmiller, wrote in the Kinsey Institute’s post: “The basic story line that has emerged from these studies is that, as we get older, our odds of developing chronic health conditions increases and this, in turn, negatively impacts the frequency and quality of sexual activity.”
A study published earlier this year in the Journal of Sex Research looked at a survey of 1,170 adults over 40.
They were asked to complete two surveys, 10 years apart, about their sex lives – including how often they have sex.
They were also asked to to report their age, their self-esteem, their desire to have sex and how often they did actually get it on.
Dr Lehmiller continued: “Perhaps not surprisingly, frequency, quality and interest in sex all declined over that ten-year period.
“Also, consistent with past research, those who remained in better health tended to maintain more active and satisfying sex lives.
“It turned out that neither of them were related to changes in how often people had sex; however, feeling older predicted less interest in sex over time, as well as lower levels of sexual satisfaction.
“In addition, feeling positively toward older adults was linked to maintaining higher levels of sexual satisfaction in the future.”
There is no right or wrong answer to how much sex you should be having, it is about what makes you happy
So what if you’re not having the average amount of sex for your age?
Some research has found that married couples who have more sex tend to be happier, while other research has found that people who report having frequent sex do not tend to be any happier at all.
At the end of the day, there is no right or wrong answer – it is down to what works for you… The Sun