For years it was considered common knowledge that men peaked sexually around the age of 18 and women took years longer to reach that same point, generally between the ages of 30 and 40. But more current research indicates that may not be true, and that women actually peak before men.
But what is a sexual peak, and how can it be the same for everyone?
A sexual peak, according to Dr. Rajan Bhonsle, consulting sex therapist & counselor at the Heart To Heart Counselling Centre, Mumbai, is the height of libido, when sex drive increases; however, like many other experts, Bhonsle explains sexual peak may be more specific to the individual rather than to an exact age.
“Peaking hormones do not necessarily make for peak performance. Furthermore, physical and sexual primes are not one in the same … Peaks vary from person to person, with most people realizing their full passion potential in their ability to feel more sexually secure with themselves and their partners,” wrote Sexologist Yvonne K. Fulbright for Fox News.
Despite experts indicating sexual peak is different for many individuals, a survey conducted earlier this year showed most people, on average, experienced the best sex of their lives around the age of 30. Men in the poll were found to sexually peak around the age of 33 while women peaked earlier at the age of 28.
For the research, Lovely Honey, reports 1,281 people were polled, and of those polled 40 percent felt they were having the best sex of their lives around the age of 30, but not necessarily the most sex of their lives.
Tracey Cox, a relationship expert told the Daily Mail the results of the study were not surprising because it takes time to figure out all the pleasures associated with sex and how to attain them.
“We tend to have the most sex at the start of relationships when desire is fresh, and the best sex once we’re more in tune with our bodies and our partner,” she said. “Despite the female sexual system being far more complex than a man’s, women are discovering what works and does not faster than men.”
How can you tell if you’ve reached your sexual peak?
Sexual peak, even if it generally occurs around the same age for most adults, will depend on desire and sex drive of the individual. Only you can know if you have reached your sexual peak, though the studies may give you an idea as to why, around the age of 30, you may suddenly feel more sensual than ever before.