It Gets Better With Age. Hello everyone, I hope you are well. In today’s post, I will be sharing a press release from Hana. A new survey from Hana, a daily progestogen-only contraceptive pill available to buy online and in pharmacies without a prescription, has highlighted that women’s sexual confidence and enjoyment of sex appear to increase with age. A survey of over 2,000 women, trans men and non-binary people aged 18-54 found that women in their 40s and 50s are 8% more likely to orgasm from penetrative sex and 12% more likely to orgasm from non-penetrative sex compared to those aged 18-24. Regarding body confidence, respondents aged 45-54 were 8% less likely to feel self-conscious about their bodies during sex.
It Gets Better With Age
- Those aged 18-24 were likelier to have sex a few times a week (30%) vs 45–54-year-olds (15%).
- While both age groups were equally satisfied with the amount of sex they had (55% and 54%, respectively), 18–24-year-olds were more likely to say they would prefer to have more sex than they were currently having (57% vs 51%).
- 18–24-year-olds were slightly more likely to have sex because their partner likes it (35% vs 27% of 45–54-year-olds).
- 45–54-year-olds favour morning sex before getting up (23% vs 12%), whilst younger people prefer evening sex (41% vs 28%).
- 45–54-year-olds were likelier to have had a threesome or group sex than 18–24-year-olds (14% vs 7%).
- 45–54-year-olds were almost 10% more likely than 18–24-year-olds to list ‘vaginal sex’ as their favourite type of sex (50% vs 41%).
- 18–24-year-olds are more likely to watch porn (50%) than 45–54-year-olds (31%).
- 45–54-year-olds are more likely to be ‘very satisfied’ with their contraceptive pill (80%) than 18–24-year-olds (34%). Remember that it may take a while to find the right contraceptive option for you.
- 45–54-year-olds are less likely to have had an STI test (76% have never had one) than 18–24-year-olds (42% have never had one).
Whilst there is a pervading ageist and sexist assumption that life (for women at least) ends at 30, Hana’s research suggests that older women and people with uteruses are more sexually confident and fulfilled than their younger counterparts.
The Big Sex Survey
The Big Sex Survey created by Hana – the U.K.’s number one best-selling progestogen-only pill available to buy over the pharmacy counter and online without a doctor’s appointment – sought the views of over 2,000 women, trans men and non-binary people living in the U.K. The survey aimed to discover the nation’s attitudes towards sex, contraception and relationships.
Hana also asked a few women in their 40s and beyond about their experience of whether sex improves with age. “Sex continues to get better as I age. But I practise Tantra Yoga and put a lot of effort into creating pleasure for myself and others when I am partnered,” says entrepreneur Tami Rose.
When asked whether it gets better with age, women tended to talk about being more in tune with their bodies and having the confidence to advocate for themselves. “At 55 next month, my sex life is good. Sex can and does get better with age because you discover what works for you and try new sexual activities and sensations; this, in turn, boosts your confidence and acceptance of your changing body shape, especially post-childbirth and in menopause, your sexual needs and desires may change. Still, you can enjoy even more pleasurable sex,” says pleasure expert Samantha Evans.
Comment from Sexuality Coach – Managala Holland
“I’m more in tune with my pleasure than ever before – my desires have become more refined over the years, and I’m more in tune with the profound subtleties of my body. In my younger years, I used sex to get men’s attention and satisfy my self-worth. I source my self-worth from within these days, and being intimate with another is something I don’t take lightly. As a single woman, my boundaries are much more precise, and I don’t take the physical and emotional risks I did in my earlier years.
I’m much more intentional about intimacy, and that’s not a bad thing – it’s a precious gift to share with someone. It doesn’t surprise me that women aged 45-54 have more orgasms than younger women. I want to think that we know ourselves better, know what works for us and are less likely to settle for substandard experiences and partners,” adds sexuality coach Mangala Holland.
I hope you enjoyed that.