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Yes, it’s true: Best of your sex life begins at 40

A public perception is that as we age, sex becomes insignificant and less enjoyable. But according to a study 40 is the age when your best sex life begins.

sex Adventurous and exciting sex life begins at the age of 40. (Source: Thinkstock)

According to a study, far from resulting in loss of libido, reaching 40 could actually make your sex life more adventurous and exciting.

The findings of the research are based on a survey of 2,400 Canadians, between ages 40 to 59 which is about their sexual health, happiness and pleasure, sexual behaviour and attitudes.

“There is a public perception that as we age, sex becomes less important, less enjoyable and less frequent,” said Robin Milhausen, sexuality and relationship researcher at the University of Guelph in Canada.

“The study findings indicate that most midlife Canadians are indeed leading satisfying and active sexual lives,” Milhausen said in press release.

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There was a study which was conducted by leading condom company Trojan in partnership with Sex Information and Education Council of Canada (SIECCAN).

The researchers found that sexual pleasure does not decrease with age.

However, regardless of age category, 65 per cent of the respondents said that their last sexual encounter was very pleasurable.


The overwhelming majority of the respondents said that their current primary relationship is emotionally satisfying.

In addition, the research also revealed that as the respondents got older, they were more likely to be adventurous.

More than half of those surveyed (63 per cent) said they are more interested in trying new things to enhance pleasure than they were a decade ago.


Lubricant use for intercourse increased with age with 22 per cent of men and 26 per cent of women aged 55 to 59 using lube at last sexual intercourse.

Vibrator use was common, with 40 per cent of women reporting that they used a vibrator the last time they masturbated.

“Sexual and relationship satisfaction were highly interrelated – and the most emotionally satisfied in their relationships reported the highest level of pleasure,” Milhausen said.

“And married people are reporting sex as pleasurable as their single counterparts, in fact, married men reported more pleasure at last sexual encounter than single men,” Milhausen noted.

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First published on: 25-05-2016 at 07:30:17 pm
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