How much sex is enough sex ? Or – heaven forbid – how much sex is not enough sex?
When life is stressful and your relationship is under a lot of strain OR if you’re going through a dry spell and life is dull, it’s a question which can pop up.
There are all manner of factors which impact our sex lives (or lack thereof).
Age, health, sex drive and lifestyle being just a few.
But now someone has gone and worked out how much sex we should be having.
And it’s all to do with our age.
A recent study from the Kinsey Institute for research in Sex, Reproduction and Gender suggests that it’s this variable (age) which can predict how often we have sex.
So is there such a thing as “normal”? And are we setting our sights too high (or too low)?
Some of the findings aren’t that surprising.
For example, people between 18 and 29 are having the most sex, with an average of 112 sex sessions per year, or twice a week.
30 to 39 year olds have sex 86 times per year, which averages out at 1.6 times per week.
Things go slightly downhill from here. Those in the 40 to 49 age group manage to have sex only 69 times per year.
But the declining number tells a wider story; family obligations, daily stresses and worries and an increase in health issues all play their part in impacting our libidos.
Feeling old plays its part too.
“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,” wrote Dr. Justin Lehmiller.
Which is something else to not look forward to right there.