Flirty thirties: British women do not hit their sexual peak until they are aged 35

Flirty thirties: British women do not hit their sexual peak until they are aged 35

17% of 35-44-year-old women give themselves 10 out of 10 in the bedroom

More than a third of women
in this age group are having sex two to three times a week

20% are having sex four to six times a week

47% of women that have read 50 Shades of Grey say that it has actively influenced their sex lives

Most couples surveyed have sex at least twice a week

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UPDATED:

13:25 GMT, 22 October 2012

Thirties are the new twenties when it comes to having good sex.

Previous research appeared to indicate
that women peaked sexually at 28 and men at 31 but a new study
suggests the true figure for women is at least seven years later.

The study found that women with the highest sex drives are aged between 35 and 44 – with 17 per cent rating their libido as 10 out of ten.

Actress Cat Deeley arrives at the Critics' Choice Television Awards at Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California

Actress Liv Tyler attends the Cinema Society & Grey Goose screening of

35-year-old women like Cat Deeley and Liv Tyler are having better sex than their twenty-something sisters

More than a third of women, 36 per cent. in the same age group are having sex two to three times a week and fifth, 20 per cent, four to six times a week.

And more than three-quarters of women in this age group are totally satisfied with their sex lives.

One factor in the high levels of sexual satisfaction in middle-aged women is the hit erotic novel Fifty Shades Of Grey, of those who have read the book, 47 per cent say that it has actively influenced their sex lives.

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The figures for sexual frequency:

less than once a month (7%)
once a month (4%) once a fortnight (4%)
once a week (11%) two to three times a fortnight (11%) two to three times a week (35%) four to six times a week (21%)
7-plus a week (7%).

And fun-loving celebrities in the 35 to 44 age group appear to confirm the trend.

Hollywood beauty Cameron Diaz, 40, said she had enjoying the best sex of her life as she has got older.

She said: 'I love physical contact. I have to be touching my love, like, always. It’s not optional.'

Sex toy retailer Lovehoney polled 2,100 men and women ranging in age from 18 to over 65.

The aim was to find out how happy people are with their sex lives, how often they have sex and how libido is affected by age.

Sex and relationship expert Julie Peasgood said: 'Many women do find their arousal levels actually increase with age, and that they peak sexually in their mid-thirties to forties.

'I think the popularity of Fifty Shades of Grey indicates a sensual appetite, particularly in older women, and has enabled women to feel more connected with their sexuality.

'This survey seems to demonstrate that as women reach their 30s and 40s, many of them in long-term relationship, they have, for the most part, developed an awareness of their bodies and what will satisfy the needs of themselves and their partners.'

Bath-based Lovehoney accounts for 36 percent of sex toys sold online in the UK and sales are up 60 per cent year on year with Fifty Shades of Grey a big factor in the surge in demand.

Further research shows that 76 per cent of buyers of sex toys are in long-term relationships and that there is a strong correlation between using such products and more frequent sex: regular users are twice as likely to say they are satisfied with their sex lives than non-users.

Cameron Diaz attends the Valentino Spring/Summer 2012 Haute-Couture Show as part of Paris Fashion Week at Hotel Salomon de Rothschild on January 25, 2012 in Paris, France

Author EL James posing with her book Fifty Shades of Grey at a book signing

Thanks to author EL James (right), the 'Fifty Shades' effect means that women of a certain age like Cameron Diaz (left) are more connected with their sexuality than ever