Is it true that women reach their sexual peak somewhere in their 30’s? I think that’s a fair question to ask being as though many of my female counterparts compare themselves to teenage boys once they enter their third decade of life. So I figured I ponder the topic a tad: Is the ‘sexual peak’ fact or fiction?
Naturally, I first turned to Sexpert extraordinaire, Dr. Ruth for some sage advice:
“I question all such theories about peaks. I think that such phenomena are very individual and I don’t believe that we can put an age on them. Some women might become much more interested in sex at a later stage in life than they were earlier, especially if other things in their lives change, such as children growing up and moving out of the house.”
That makes total sense, but then I came across this quote from Men Style.com:
“Guys experience a huge surge of testosterone during adolescence, but by their late twenties, that jolt is already on the wane. A few years later, women are finally ready to join the party.”
That seems to be the general consensus about the ebb and flow of the human sex drive. But then I came across this article that really resonated with me:
“The notion that women hit their sexual peak at 30 is very misleading. Men and women develop the same hormones at the same time: puberty. The only reason why women seem so much more interested at a later age is because we were taught NOT to be interested in sex when we were kids. If you experimented with sex like the boys did, you would be labeled the town Jezebel. Only when women mature are they able to feel more comfortable talking about and practicing sex. They finally open up and begin to feel normal about desiring sex.”
For all you 30 (and horny) something’s, this may explain why you’ve been scoping out men like it’s lunchtime in the lion’s den. Personally, I’d prefer to believe that a sexual peak stems from a chemical component, rather than a result of a society- inflicted delayed reaction. Perhaps the real proof is in finding out if this alleged phenomenon occurs in multiple cultures – particularly where women face greater oppression.