Those in their fifth decade have a better time in bed than at any other stage of their life, new research suggests.
The survey of 600 British women backs up a US study which also indicated women in their 40s are less self-conscious about their bodies and as a result are more confident between the sheets.
According to experts, this is the age when females hit their ‘sexual confidence’ peak - they know what they want in the bedroom and they are not afraid to ask.
By contrast a fifth of women under 30 say they often merely pretend to be satisfied in bed, compared with just seven per cent of 40-somethings.
Confidence and Experience
Nicola Down, editor of Top Sante magazine, which carried out the research, said: ‘The real sexual adventure begins when the children are older or have left home and women have the body confidence and experience to enjoy sex more than ever before.
“Our survey clearly shows that married women in their 40s have the best sex lives.
”So it’s sad that eight out of ten women think society and younger people in particular don’t have a positive image about older women when, in truth, they are the ones worldly enough to enjoy a wonderful sex life.”
A summary of the findings:
The study published in the British Journal of Urology, concluded that love-making depended on a range of factors including confidence and the strength of the relationship.