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Women Over This Age are Likely to Have Better Orgasms

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Women Over This Age are Likely to Have Better Orgasms

Some things simply get better with age. Examples of the benefits of aging abound: fine wine, certain cheeses, cast iron skillets, blue jeans, and scotch and bourbon. To that list, we now must add female orgasm.

Or at least that’s the conclusion reached in a large-scale survey commissioned by Natural Cycles, a fertility-tracking app for smartphones that claims to hold the key to all-natural birth control. The survey interviewed 2,600 women about their enjoyment of sex, their self-image, and orgasm.

Respondents Divided into 3 Groups

Respondents to the survey were divided into three groups based on age: under 23, those 23 to 35, and women who were 36 or older. Women 36 and older scored highest on a number of key questions, most notably those pertaining to orgasm.

According to a blog posting on the website of The New York Times, 80 percent of the women 36 and over told canvassers that they felt sexy, a far higher percentage than the 40 percent between 23 and 35 who said they felt the same. Among the youngest group, 70 percent of those under 23 told pollsters that they felt confident about their physical appearance.

Oldest Group Has More Orgasms

Sixty percent of the women in the oldest age group reported that they experienced frequent orgasms, compared with 50 percent of those in the other two age groups.

Interviewed by Health.com for an article about the Natural Cycles survey and its findings, sex therapist Ian Kerner said the survey’s results come as no real surprise to him. He said that he talks to many women in their late 30s and early 40s who by that age know what does and doesn’t turn them on and who feel comfortable enough to convey their sexual preferences to their sex partners.

Physiological, Psychological Factors

Kerner went on to tell Health.com writer Anthea Levi that the survey’s findings make sense when you consider the progression of female sexual maturation at both the psychological and physiological levels. At the purely physiological level, one might expect orgasms to be most intense among the women in their mid-20s, a period when hormone levels are at their highest. However, he said, the answer lies not just in hormones but also with the greater psychological comfort with sex that is more common among older women.

“Older women are often in long-term relationships or marriages that are positive, that make them feel desired and confident,” Kerner told Health.com. “As women age, they develop more of the social and psychological supports to advocate for their own sexuality, and they’re more in touch with their sexuality as well.”

Oldest Group Reports ‘Great Sex’

Interviewed about their degree of satisfaction with sexual experiences in the four weeks preceding the survey, 86 percent of the women age 36 and over reported having had “great sex” in the previous four weeks. The percentage dropped to 76 percent among women between the ages of 23 and 35 and was only 56 percent among women under the age of 23.

The findings from Natural Cycles’ nonscientific survey are similar in many respects to those of a more scholarly study of sex among older women that was published in the May 2016 issue of “Maturitas.” That earlier study was co-authored by Holly N. Thomas and Rebecca C. Thurston, affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh’s departments of medicine and psychiatry, respectively.

Results Surprise Researchers

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Even the researchers were somewhat surprised by the study’s findings, which showed that for most women sex gets better with age.

The University of Pittsburgh study looked at the sexual experiences of 39 women between the ages of 46 and 59, somewhat older than those in the oldest group surveyed for Natural Cycles.

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Recent studies and surveys indicate that older women tend to enjoy sex more than those in their 20s and early 30s.

Thomas, the study’s lead author, told FoxNews.com that she and her colleague “were surprised to find a group of women who said that sex actually got better for them as they got older.

As doctors, we were assuming sex gets worse for women.”

Self-Confidence a Key Factor

Among the factors contributing to increased sexual enjoyment among older women, said Thomas, were a better knowledge of their bodies and increased self-confidence that allowed them to tell their partners what it was they wanted out of sex.

Thomas also appeared on the NBC’s morning TV show Today to discuss her study’s findings along with those of a similar study conducted by researchers at Cleveland’s Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine. At the heart of that study was a survey of 505 women between the ages of 40 and 75. Of those women surveyed, 75 percent were between the ages of 40 and 59.

Cheryl Kingsberg, lead author of the Case Western Reserve study, told Today.com that “women, especially those in their 40s and 50s, felt that an improved body image would have the most positive impact on their sexual satisfaction.”

Fighting Sexual Dysfunction

While a certain degree of mystery surrounds both male and female sexuality, the latter tends to pose the greater challenge. Erectile dysfunction medications help men to overcome one of their biggest challenges in terms of sexual dysfunction, but women are still searching for a more effective way to fight hypoactive sexual desire disorder, the most common form of female sexual dysfunction.

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