Sex in four decades
There are many generalizations as to what should make ladies tick at all ages. How many times have we heard that a woman’s sexual peak is in her 30s? Perhaps that’s accurate, but scientists and physicians are perplexed with just how closely hormonal fluctuation relates to libido in women.
Here are some suggestions for ladies of all ages in their most sexually active years.
Sex in your 20s
The positives: Women in their 20s are in prime physical condition for good sex and for sexual reproduction. Additionally they are more likely to initiate sex before ovulation because their bodies are more in tune with their hormonal surges. The 2-4 day window before ovulation begins is a highly sexual time for 20-somethings.
The improvable: Because many women are less likely to assert themselves during sex, they aren’t often experiencing satisfying sex. Orgasms aren’t as common in many women in their 20s. In addition to that, 20-somethings are found of the birth control pill as contraceptive. A study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine shows that oral birth control actually reduces the sex hormone testosterone. That hormone is responsible for kick starting sexual desire.
Sex in your 30s
The positives: If you’re in your 30s, you’ve got it going on because you know what you want. Your been there and done that perspective allows you to be assertive and knowledgeable in the bedroom. Which means that your sex life has a way greater shot of pleasing you. Studies also show that you care less about your “flaws” and are willing to go all out to please yourself and your partner.
The improvable: Though motherhood is a wonderful thing, it can really attack your sexual rhythm. Childbirth and nursing can zap your estrogen and progesterone production. In turn that slows down your ovulation. Ovulation is one of the reasons women are hard wired for sexual desire. Suggestion? Use self pleasure as a tool to get yourself and your sexual lifestyle kick-started again.
Sex in your 40s
The positives: Your 40s brings out the cougar in many women. Because fertility and hormonal fluctuations decrease, women often compensate by becoming more sexual. Women in their 40s have more frequent sexual intercourse than women in most other age groups, according to researchers. In addition, they are more likely to initiate sex.
The improvable: A lot of women in their 40s are perimenopausal. That means about 4 years before a final menstrual cycle. This is a sensitive time for most women as their testosterone levels drop in half. Many gynecologists put women on low-dose birth control to balance out their estrogen levels and reduce hot flashes, and irregular periods. This also helps with sex enhancing hormones.
Sex in Your 50s
The positives: Being your 50s has its sexual advantages. According to Sex and the Seasoned Woman author Gail Sheehy, women are more likely to achieve orgasm every time they have sex. Why? They’ve gone from the pleasing stage to the mastery stage. In fact a study from the Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior found that 71% of women in their 50s reported orgasms in their most recent sexual experience.
The improvable: It’s true that it’s harder to keep weight off in your 50s. But being even 10% overweight decreases testosterone levels that help set off an active sex life. Maintaining weight loss with proper diet and exercise helps with increasing testosterone production. Another fact is that your 50s see a virtual loss of estrogen. This is important for better arousal. Look into the many FDA approved creams, gels, and patches that can help increase your estrogen.