Women's Health Friday March 4, 2016

How Does Sex Change As You Age?

Attention ladies.

As you've grown older have you noticed a change in your appetite and attitude to sex? If the answer is yes, that's not surprising because our bodies change over the course of a lifetime.

Here's a rundown of what you might sexually expect in each decade of your life.

In Your Twenties

Physical problems are less frequent in our 20s as bodies are younger and more athletic. Our hormones are pretty high as this point too and we've got the highest levels of oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone we'll ever have. The optimum for time for sex is said to be two to four days before ovulation, when baby-making hormones surge.

However, we might be shy or inhibited about sex and PMS can affect us as hormones try to stabilise. The combined pill may also have a libido-dampening effect.

Dirty Thirties

Women in their thirties are expected to be hornier than ever, hitting a sexual peak at 40. Unfortunately testosterone starts to drop here and your sex drive may go the other way.

Life stresses also play a part in dampening the old libido. Worries about mortgages, new families or ageing parents all take a toll on a woman's sex drive.

Fortunately orgasm becomes easier to achieve in this decade mostly because ladies have figured out what they like in bed. Orgasm for women can be more about an emotional connection or fantasy than the mechanics, making the big O more of a reality and therefore more of a reason to have sex.

At this point, some women start to care less about their perceived physical flaws and become uninhibited in the bedroom. Often childbirth can provoke this because after a surgical team has seen your innards, leaving the lights on for cowgirl is second nature.

In Your Forties

Vaginas change as women age. They can become shorter, narrower and the walls may stiffen up. This is due to falling testosterone levels; which are half of the level you had in your mid-twenties.

Vaginal dryness can strike now as well as a whole host of menopause symptoms like night sweats, depression and mood swings as the menopause gathers pace. Water-based lubricants are the answer to dryness issues.

Fabulous Fifties

Women can face a re-evaluation of life at this point. Perhaps children have left home, the menopause is over (woo!) and they need to adjust to a different life. This can push your sex drive either way. Physically, vaginal dryness and lack of libido may continue due to the big menopausal oestrogen drop.

Sexy Sixties

Sex is still on the menus in your sixties and beyond, but physical problems like arthritis and their medications can take a toll - the mind is willing but the body is not. For the majority of women, menopausal symptoms have declined and they are balanced out again. Lube is essential now, but a lack of inhibitions can make this decade of sex one of the best.

Whatever decade you've reached, remember that your age does not protect you against contracting an STI. Only a condom can do that. You may not need contraception anymore but you do need STI protection.

If you're experiencing problems with your libido, whatever your age, make an appointment to see your doctor - there are many ways they can help you and you certainly won't be the first to ask.

Latest Stories

Get your daily dose of inspiration from our Best of healthexpress blog , where we showcase some of the most stunning stories and information.

Women's Health

Men & Your Body Hair; Do You Car...

There's no point beating around the bush here (pun intended); beauty is a trait adhered to in our society. You can become a global superstar with...

Women's Health

Period & Fertility Tracker Apps:...

How jealous must our ancestors be that we can see the future, with regards to our fertility? Female-friendly apps are great for period tracking and...

Women's Health

Why Are So Many Women Still Skip...

Cervical Screening Awareness Week is upon us and yes, there IS a week for absolutely everything. But rather than the pointlessness of Steak and...

Women's Health

4 Possible Reasons For An Itchy ...

Many of us have that irrational fear when something goes wrong downstairs. Am I pregnant? Do I have an STI? Do I have ALL THE STIs? I'm pregnant...

Women's Health

Is This Menopause? How To Tell

Menopause is a completely normal and natural state of life to reach, but we don't like to talk about it. That's probably because women are so often...

Group Of Women
Women's Health

Hirsutism Q&A - With The Hirsuti...

Hirsutism is a condition that causes a woman (or man) to develop excessive hair growth on parts of the body including face, neck, chest, stomach,...

Load More Stories
comments powered by Disqus