Like a fine wine or Jennifer Lopez, it turns out that your sex life only gets better with age. Your forties and fifties seem to be the sweet spot (no pun intended) of sexual pleasure and exploration, according to one new report. (Even more good news: 10 Health Benefits of Having Sex.)
The findings come from a new survey of 2,400 men and women between the ages of 40 and 59, funded by Trojan in partnership with the Sex Information and Education Council of Canada (SIECCAN). Contrary to what you might believe from watching all of those Cialis commercials, the researchers found that middle-aged Canadians are doing pretty well for themselves in the bedroom. In fact, 75 percent of the sample reported having a sexual encounter in the previous year (71 percent in the previous six months), and regardless of age, 65 percent reported that the encounter was very pleasurable. Perhaps most surprisingly, 63 percent surveyed said they are more interested in trying new things to enhance pleasure than they were a decade ago. (Need a little help? Here are 10 Yoga Poses That Double As Sex Positions.)
The bad news: The researchers also point out that amongst single middle-aged Canadians who are more sexually active, there is little concern for contracting STIs. And this lack of concern seems to be translating into 'high-risk behavior,' the survey notes. Two-thirds of single men and almost three-quarters of single women did not use a condom the last time they had sex. Not good!
So, if you're in a sexual slump of your own, remember that the best might very well be yet to come. (Well, if the findings carry over across the border that is.)