‘The best is yet to come’

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IT GETS BETTER: Researchers postulate that understanding their turn-ons helps older women have better orgasms than their younger counterparts. PICTURE: GETTY IMAGES

THE 20s are supposed to be the best years of your sex life. But although sex in your 20s can be wild and fun, with little care in the world since you are more savvy enough to practice safe sex and get birth control, a new survey tells a different story and it seems not to be far from the truth.

While you may think that younger women experience bigger and better orgasms, according to a survey by a contraceptive app Natural Cycles, women who are 36 years and older have frequent and best orgasms as compared to their younger counterparts.

Around 2 600 women in the age group of 23 and younger, 23 and 36, and 36 and older participated in the survey.

They were asked questions about their sexual satisfaction and the quality and frequency of orgasms.

Suprisingly, the survey results suggest that women in their 20s have the most infrequent orgasms and the women in the “36 years and above” category report highest quality orgasms, which are more frequent.

The possible reason behind this could be the fact that women start to realise what turns them on and what doesn’t after they cross mid-30s. And they start communicating it to their partners.

Despite hormone level being at their peak in 20s, that does not turn into orgasms every time because psychologically younger women are not yet in touch with their bodies.

They want to please but older women have come to know what makes them feel desired and feel more in touch with their sexuality.

“The results of the survey send out a really positive message about something women have known and expected for some time,” Amanda Bonnier, brand manager at Natural Cycles which conducted the survey said.

“As you get older and get to know your body better, you can have a more enjoyable sex life and feel confident about yourself.”

While it’s good to know that the best (sex) might be yet to come as we age, relationship experts have for years tackled whether sexuality disappears as women reach their seniority and it turned out ‘is that it’s likely up to each of us’.”

A study from Jama Internal Medicine reports that women between the ages of 40 and 65 who place greater importance on sex are more likely to stay sexually active as they age.

This simply means, sex is among top of your priorities, you are likely to remain sexually active.

“Having taken a lot of sexual histories from midlife women, it’s probably true,” says Dr Jan Leslie Shifren, associate professor of reproductive biology and co-author of the Harvard Medical School’s special report Sexuality in Midlife and Beyond says.

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