Women enjoy the best sex of their lives when they are 28 (but men wait five years to catch up)
10:59 GMT, 28 May 2012
A new survey suggests that women enjoy the best sex of their lives at 28 while their male counterparts lag five years behind.
According to the poll, men have to wait until they are 33 before they reach their sexual peak.
The findings come in complete opposition to previous research stating that men peak at 18 and women at 30.
Katy Perry can look forward to reaching her sexual peak when she turns 28 this October
Actor James McAvoy is in his sexual prime at 33 years of age
Both sexes, though, appeared to have the most sex earlier in their lives – women at 25 and men at 29.
The poll, of 1,281 people, also found that, on average, men lost their virginity at 18 and women a year younger at 17.
'Like most things, sex gets better the more you do it and the more practised you are at it,' says sex and relationship expert Tracey Cox.
'So it makes sense for men to be having better sex at 33 rather than 18. It takes time to learn how to control their orgasms and to fathom the complex female sexual system.
'This reinforces what we’ve always known: it’s not about quantity, it is about quality.,' she continues.
'We tend to have the most sex at the start of relationships when desire is fresh, and the best sex once we’re more in tune with our bodies and our partner.
'Despite the female sexual system being far more complex than a man’s, women are discovering what works and doesn’t faster than men.'
Happily married actor, James McAvoy reached the prime of his life when he turned 33 last month but for the recently-single-again Katy Perry, the best is yet to come when she hits 28 this October.
The survey was conducted by online sex toy retailer, lovehoney.co.uk