Good afternoon bunnies!
Whether we realize it consciously or not, we all have notions about sex that we believe implicitly — though we don’t know definitively whether these assumptions have a basis in fact. For instance, a common assumption is that men want to have sex more than women. Now, while this may be true for some men and some women, a woman’s sex drive can be just as strong as a man’s. The difference between the genders lies more in how our sexual needs are satisfied (using the age-old analogy that men are like microwaves, while women are like regular ovens that need time to warm up!).
Take a look at these other common sexual preconceptions and see which ones you subscribe to. Then find out whether each is, in fact, the truth — or a myth!
1. A woman’s sexual performance peaks in her forties, while a man’s peaks in his teens.
Myth. While Planned Parenthood says that the sexual prime for males is around age 17, and that females’ sexual prime is around age 30, these ages actually reflect the genital prime, when sex hormones (testosterone in men; estrogen in women) are highest. But in general, both men’s and women’s sexual performance will peak when they feel most comfortable with themselves and their sexuality. Though this tends to happen between 40 and 60 for both men and women, it can really happen at any age, depending on the person!
2. Having sex more often can help boost your immune system and prevent illness.
Truth! Researchers at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., found that sex may help strengthen the immune system. According to their study, couples who had sex once or twice a week as compared to couples who had sex less than once a week had 29 percent higher levels of immunoglobulin A, an immune system protein that protects the mouth and upper respiratory tract against cold and flu viruses. Just another reason to get busy with your honey as often as you can!
3. Older people have less sex and/or less enjoyable sex.
Myth. According to a recent study of 27,000 people conducted across 29 countries, the majority of men and women studied had active sex lives past the age of 40 and well into their ‘eighties’! Couples in Western Europe who shared greater equality were more likely to enjoy their sex lives than couples in more male-oriented societies, such as those found in Asia and the Middle East.