As you’ve probably learned from personal experience, having sex can be a fun, bonding experience. And having regular sex also brings health benefits, including boosting your mood and body confidence, and releasing stress. Some of those last a lifetime, but as women age, sex can look and feel differently.Dr. Leah Millheiser,an OB/GYN at Stanford University explains the benefits of having sex in your 20s, 30s, 40s and beyond.
- In your 20s- This is when sex helps you learn about your body and what you want from a partner. Your 20s may be your experimental phase, which will help you learn more about your sexual preferences and what really rings your bell.
- In your 30s- Sex at this stage of life can help make romantic relationships stronger and help relieve stress. During your 30s, work and family life may seem to take over, but having a healthy sex life is still really important and should be a priority. Having sex can help release hormones, including oxytocin, which helps you feel bonded to your partner and boosts intimacy, so you don’t want to miss out on that.
- In your 40s- At this stage, sex still helps relieve stress and increase intimacy, but it may become a more carefree experience because you’re more sexually confident in your 40s. Sex may help partners in their forties refocus on each other and it might be more enjoyable overall because you probably know how to ask for exactly what you want.
- In your 50s and beyond- Menopause causes hormone levels to fluctuate and that can affect your sex life, but it’s important to keep doing it to keep blood flowing to all your parts to keep them healthy. And while nobody really wants to think about older people having sex, you don’t want to stop doing it just because you’re “over the hill.”