• The amount of sex you should be having at every age

The amount of sex you should be having at every age

One thing humans love to do is to have sex.

Another thing they like to do is compare how much sex they're having with other sexually-active peers.

At dinner parties around the world, husbands and wives, girlfriends and boyfriends, boast and exaggerate about how much they’re getting.

On the other hand if sex is only an annual event between the sheets on say, their anniversary - they'll remain tight lipped.

So how much sex is the average person having?

Of course we all know there is no magic number. It’s up to you and your mate. But it doesn’t make us humans any less curious about the amount of sex other people are having and wondering how we measure up in the numbers game.

Apart from those obvious factors that lower your libido – illness, family, fatigue – it might come as a surprise to know that your age is the most likely indication of the amount of sex you’re having. 

• People aged 18-29 have an average of 112 sex sessions per year.
• People aged 30- 39 have an average of 86 sex sessions per year.
• People aged 40 to 49 have an average of 69 sex sessions per year.

This is all according to a Kinsey Institute survey. And no big surprises here. It’s probably not that unusual that the frequency of sex drops off as you age. 

"The basic storyline that has emerged from these studies is that, as we get older, our odds of developing chronic health conditions increases and this, in turn, negatively impacts the frequency and quality of sexual activity," Justin Lehmiller, PhD, wrote on behalf of the Kinsey Institute.

Despite this survey cementing the notion that older people have less sex – some studies hint that despite sexual activity diminishing – the quality often increases. Yep, really.

This year research by fashion retailer JD William, found that women feel their most confident in the bedroom in their 40s and 50s and that older women feel they bring more passion into the bedroom than they did in their twenties, but wished they still possessed the bodies of their younger selves!

Another study found it pays to keep sexually active as you age. Having lots of sex when you get older boosts brain power, with people who have regular sexual relations scoring better on verbal, visual and spatial perception tests, according to the Universities of Oxford and Coventry.

So whatever your age - communicate with your partner and find the right amount of sex for the both of you.