Contrary to popular belief, it seems women may actually reach their sexual peak before men.
According to a recent survey conducted by Atlanta-based sex toy manufacturer LoveHoney, women reach their sexual peak at age 26, while men peak later – at 32.
The poll, which included 1,000 adults aged 18-65, defined ‘peak’ as the period where participants said they were having the ‘best’ sex of their lives.
The results shatter the long held belief that men peak at 18 and women at 35.
Lovehoney asked participants when they lost their virginity, at what age they had the most sex and at what age they had the best sex.
The poll revealed that while men lost their virginity at 17, women actually lost theirs on average a year younger at 16.
Of those polled, 46per cent said their were having the best sex of their lives right now. And more than a third (35per cent) said they were having the most sex of their lives right now.
For most people, the best sex of their lives did not happen when theywere having the most.
The wait for great sex was longer for men at 15 years, while it took women 10 years to have the best sex of their lives after the first time.
‘Like most things, sex gets better the more you do it and the more practiced you are at it,’ said Sex and relationship expert Tracey Cox.
‘It takes time to learn how to control their orgasms and to fathom the complex female sexual system.
‘I suspect when they say “best sex”, a lot of men mean it’s when they felt most confident as lovers. This reinforces what we’ve always known: it’s not about quantity, it is about quality.’
Tracey was not surprised that women had their best sex at a younger age than men.
She said: ‘This destroys the myth that it takes women longer to master their sexual responses.’