The results? It’s all about your attitude, baby. When people reported that they felt “older,” they were less interested in sex and thought the “quality” of sex was worse. (Add something extra to your sex life with the JimmyJane Form 8 vibe from the Women’s Health Boutique.)Over the decade-long study, people did start to have sex less often, going from 2.52 times over the past six months to 1.8 times. Unsurprisingly, those with chronic health conditions did it less. Plus, those who did it often at the study’s start were also having more sex 10 years later. Meaning, your habits now impact those in the future. Use it or lose it, right?Feeling younger does your body good outside the bedroom, too. Research finds that those who see themselves as younger than the candles on their birthday cake are healthier and live longer, the researchers point out.
But that still doesn’t answer how many sex sessions are best. Well, past research suggests that those who knock boots once a week are the happiest—which also happens to be the number WH readers say they do it on average.
And when you get older, provided you still have health on your side (and, hello, you plan to), you could very well be having sex at that retirement home. WH previously reported on a study that found 32 percent of sexually active women in their eighties had sex at least twice a month. Whoa. Do you have some catching up to do?