As Women Near 40, Sex Drive Revs Up

Researchers theorize biological clock at work

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 8, 2010 2:47 PM CDT

(Newser) – The closer women get to 40, the stronger their sex drive, according to a new study from the University of Texas. Researchers surveyed 900 women about their sex lives, breaking them into three groups: the women at prime fertility (age 19-26), women with declining fertility (age 27-45), and those who were near, or had already gone through, menopause. The middle group reported by far the strongest sex drives, having the most sex, and the most frequent sexual fantasies.

"These findings lend further support to the influence of the biological clock on women's mating psychology," one researcher wrote, theorizing that women were driven to have sex more because they could sense their "window of opportunity" to conceive closing. One sex expert concurred. "I often find it is women in their late 30s who seem to be having a lot of fun," she tells the Daily Telegraph, adding that they're often quite conscious of their declining fertility.

Women get hornier as they get older.
Women get hornier as they get older.   (Shutterstock)
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