In the battle of the sexes, men are the winners.
Women may live longer, but dudes pack more sex into their shorter lives and they remain randy until much later in life, according to a new University of Chicago study published in the British Medical Journal.
“Overall, men were more likely than women to be sexually active, to report a good quality sex life, and to be interested and thinking about sex on a regular basis,” lead researcher Stacy Tessler Lindau of the Program in Integrative Sexual Medicine at the University of Chicago told LiveScience.com.
Laundau’s team of sexperts conducted the study by surveying 3,000 25- to 74-year-olds and another 3,000 57-to 86-year-olds about their overall health, sexual activity and desire.
These participants helped show, when it comes to getting older, there’s a pretty big sexual gap between the genders.
Thirty-year-olds can expect to have at least 35 more years of sex and 45 more years of life, on average.
Women can expect only 31 more years of sex, but 50 more years of life. According to LiveScience that means men will spend 78-percent of their lives after 30 having sex and women will only dedicate 61 percent of their lives doing the deed.
The good news for both sexes is that maintaining good health means enjoying and be able to have sex longer. And overall, the study found two-thirds of middle aged women and men reported having “good quality” sex.
But the bad news is for some women having sex didn’t meant it was good sex.
“Only half of the of men in this age group who are sexually active say that they have a good sex life,” said Landau. “Why is this, and what can be done to maximize not just sexual function, but quality of sex life?”
Laundau and her colleagues hope the study might help shape policies to address later-life sexual health.