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Does sex actually get better after 50?

It's easy to assume that bright and bushy college students and 20-something young professionals engage in the most adventurous sex lives – that is certainly what major TV networks and production companies would have us believe, at least. However, in reality that may not actually be the case. Think back to your own experiences at that stage in life. How torrid were your exploits, exactly? Chances are, many of your sexual encounters couldn't be salvaged by even the best arousing gel on the market.

In fact, the relationship website YourTango recently pointed out that it isn't necessarily the young bucks who are really making the most of their time between the sheets. Instead, it may well be the 50-plus set who really have their act together when it comes to physical intimacy.

"In my 30s, I was in the middle of a divorce, raising a baby and reinventing a career. Who even remembers what sex was like then? Life was busy!" writes candid columnist Monica Magnetti. "Pleasure was a good night's sleep or hiring a babysitter so I could go and watch TV undisturbed."

By contrast, once you hit your 50s, Magnetti notes that you can benefit from increased self-confidence. At this stage, you and your partner (ideally) really know each other, so you don't have to feel self-conscious about how you perform. You've got this down. One older woman who spoke to Magnetti also noted that the clarity she and her spouse feel about themselves and their lives as a whole has really transformed their sex life too.

In addition, at this point any children have probably embarked on adult lives of their own, so no more creeping around – unless you're into that sort of thing. Introduce some spontaneity back in your sex life to really get sparks flying. Why not keep your favorite natural lubricants stashed around the house in case the mood strikes?

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