Contrary to popular belief, a woman's sex drive increase in her thirties and forties as she fears her 'biological clock' is ticking.
Just because your body is entering middle-age territory, doesn’t mean your sex-drive has to.
According to new research, women are more likely to have sexual fantasies and even seek out affairs the closer they get to forty.
Researchers believe it is linked to a woman’s instinctive sense that her ‘window of opportunity’ to have children is closing, and therefore increasing their appetite for sex.
The social experiment, carried out by at the University of Texas, involved dividing 900 women into three groups – those at their most fertile (between the ages of 19 and 26), those experiencing a decline in fertility (27 to 45), and those who had reached the menopause.
Women belonging to the second group were noticeably more sexually driven and adventurous than those belonging to the first and third group.
Professor David Buss said: ‘Results indicate that women with declining fertility have greater sexual motivations and increased sexual behaviours than women with relatively high fertility.
‘These findings lend further support to the influence of the biological clock on women’s mating psychology to facilitate conception before the window of opportunity closes.’
Dr Pam Spurr agreed with the evidence. ‘I often find it is women in their late thirties who seem to be having a lot of fun,’ she says. ‘There might be a subconscious level to this, but also a conscious on – women are more informed about fertility levels after a certain age.’