Men at THIS Age Have the Best Sex Lives

Men, look forward to your 50th birthday! The big 5-0 is quite likely to be the dawn of the best sex you've ever had in your life.

That's the word from researchers in Norway and the United States, who have determined that while older men do have more problems with a lower sex drive and impotence, men in their 50s are more likely to have a better sex life than men in their 30s and just as satisfying as men in their 20s. Why? A man in his 50s is more adjusted to what he wants out of life and is less concerned about his sexual performance. He's confident and that translates into a spectacular time in bed.

For this study, nearly 1,200 men ages 20 to 79 answered a questionnaire by postal mail in which they rated their satisfaction with their sex life. A "4" was a good sex life with good sexual function and no problems; a "0" was a bad sex life with limited or no sexual function.

Men's sexual satisfaction by age:

* Men in their 20s: 2.79
* Men in their 30s: 2.55
* Men in their 40s: 2.72
* Men in their 50s: 2.77
* Men in their 60s: 2.46
* Men in their 70s: 2.14

What's the problem with men in their 30s and 40s? Chances are they have too much stress in their life, especially from their careers, to enjoy sex.

"The results showed a very strong correlation between men getting older and reduced sexual functioning, but not between age and sexual satisfaction," lead study author Sophie Fossa from the Rikshospitalet-Radiumhospitalet Trust in Oslo, Norway, told the BBC News. "Although men experience more problems and less sexual function as they get older, it doesn't necessarily follow that they are less satisfied with their sex lives as a result.

The study findings were published in the urology journal BJU International.