We’ve all heard the myth, right?

Men hit their sexual peak around 17 or 18. Women hit theirs around 35. It’s certainly a strange claim, and doesn’t sound great for people who are not that age.

If you’re past this supposed prime, however, fear not. The science on age, stage and sexuality goes a lot deeper than these two mythical numbers. Here’s what science really says about the age people have the best time in the bedroom.

The Real Story: Quantity versus Quality

The measuring stick used to define this so-called sexual peak has always focused on how often a person climaxes, rather than how satisfied they are. How exciting, intimate, lengthy, or just plain good the encounters are isn’t taken into consideration

And really, it should be.

An 18 year old boy might crave action more than his older counterpart, but his experience, emotional maturity, confidence, and understanding of his partner could be lacking. That means that while he may technically “finish” more frequently, his love life probably isn’t at its best.

Is There A Magic Age?

So what age are things really best between the sheets? Recent surveys have come up with conflicting answers to this question. One online survey suggested 46 was the best age for intimacy, with 37 percent of women and 34 percent of men citing that they had the best encounters during their 40s. Another survey came back with the median ages of 32 for men and 26 for women.

Meanwhile, a 2015 University of Manchester study took a serious look at the physical relationships of men and women over 50 and found high levels of satisfaction in this otherwise unstudied demographic. 85% of sexually active women 50-69 reported being satisfied with this aspect of their lives, growing to 90% by age 79 plus. That’s a pretty high percentage!

While the quality was there for this demographic, the quantity had certainly decreased. Only 31% of women and 54% of men over the age of 70 reported doing it at all.

Health and Relationships Are What Really Matters

Clearly, these study results show there’s no replacing experience, confidence, and chemistry in the bedroom. Despite common sexual peak mythology, those in the older demographics are often the most satisfied. So why aren’t they doing it as much?

The most common issue cited by older couples are health and performance challenges that come with age. Considering that around half of all men over 50 struggle with ED at some point, this isn’t surprising. The good news is that many treatments are available to deal with these issues. Given that intimacy gets better with age, getting a doctor involved could be well worth the payoff!

Along with the health of your body, your relationship with your partner is also a key factor. In general, couples who know each other better and are more experienced tend to have more satisfying encounters, even if they are sometimes less frequent. Foreplay, affectionate language, trust building and trying new things are all great ways to improve your satisfaction level with a long-term partner.

Good communication and a healthy body can help you enjoy a physical relationship at any age. In fact, despite common mythology, it often gets better as you get older. All you need is a great partner and good physical health!

Remember, if you’re one of the many couples who experience ED, there are multiple treatment options available. Our clinic is dedicated to helping find the best solution for you. If you need help, please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call 1-844-500-1177.

Written by Shauna Vert