Sex isn’t just enjoyed by those in the 20s with perfectly-toned bodies and a fetish for bondage gear in the UK.
Adults of all ages should be able to let their inhibitions go and experience intimacy with their partner. In fact, those approaching middle-age might want to spend a little more time between the sheets, as it could be an effective way to push back menopause.
Don’t believe us? Scientists at University College London (UCL) have conducted a study that found women in their 40s and 50s who have sex at least once a week are 28 per cent less likely in ten years to have gone through menopause than those who get jiggy less than once a month.
There is some scientific reason behind this, as doctoral candidate Megan Arnot from UCL’s department of anthropology said it is all to do with tricking a woman’s body into thinking it is still fertile.
“If a woman is not having sex, and there is no chance of pregnancy, then the body ‘chooses’ not to invest in ovulation, as it would be pointless,” she stated, adding: “The idea that women cease fertility in order to invest more time in their family is known as the Grandmother Hypothesis.”
This means instead of the body putting its energy into ovulating, it conserves it for chasing grandchildren around.
However, women approaching menopausal age (45 to 55) are less likely to be grandparents than a few generations ago, which means they don’t have to worry about looking after babies again, and can enjoy some action in the bedroom.
This is sure to appeal to lots of women who want to avoid the onset of menopausal symptoms – which includes hot flushes, night sweats, discomfort during sex, insomnia, anxiety, and a reduced libido – while they have another reason to enjoy an active sex life, if ever they needed one.