The essential stages of a man’s sex life
Some changes to our reproductive urges are pretty hard to miss. From the first tickle of attraction to the raging flames of puberty, the transformations are stunning. But as a man ages, the differences aren’t quite as noticeable – unless there’s a problem.
Every man’s body and sex drive will change differently. However, there are certain things that most men can expect to experience as they grow older.
Puberty and beyond: The male sexual lifecycle
When boys are young, they develop crushes before even knowing exactly what the feeling is. Those feelings happen randomly until – pow, puberty hits. This infamously confusing state begins the journey through the male sexual cycle:
- Welcome to sexuality. The surge of hormones brought on by puberty causes voices to change, muscles to replace baby fat, and a stunning appetite for sex. From puberty’s onset to around age 20, the average male will have around three orgasms per week. Recovery times between orgasms are also significantly shorter than at any other point in a man’s life.
- The surge continues. In their 20s, men only have a little less testosterone running through their veins and brains than they did in their teen years. The average number of orgasms per week still hovers around three; however, stamina tends to increase, and a man might not be as quick to become aroused.
- Time to start settling down? Or not? Men in their thirties tend to start experiencing a further dip in testosterone. In fact, the Mayo Clinic puts a number on it: Levels of the hormone decline “about 1 percent a year after age 30 on average.” Performance-wise, average orgasms per week sinks below three but stamina continues to increase.
- On the brink of maturity. By the time they enter their 40s, most men will not only have better control of their orgasms, they’ll also be able to link sex drive with experience and enjoy sex more than ever. While testosterone levels continue to drop, sexual dysfunction experienced by men in their forties tends to be related to other health conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease.
- What maturity really means. Sexual dysfunction may increase as the years progress from the 50s on. Mild to moderate ED will affect relatively 10 percent of men per decade of life. Virtually 50 percent of men in their 50s and 60 percent of men in their 60s fall victim to erectile dysfunction. Regular healthy eating and exercise may increase stamina, resulting in giving men the ability to achieve an average of just under two orgasms per week.
- Moving beyond mature. By the time a man reaches 70, he is at risk for “moderate to complete erectile dysfunction”. Testosterone has lowered significantly and sexual performance also starts to become more dependent on overall health. Average orgasms drop to about one every seven days after age 60 … though some men continue to have plenty of sex into their 70s and 80s.
Every man’s body is different
It’s important not to get too caught up in comparisons with the average. Genetics, lifestyle, and events will influence how a man experiences each stage of his sexuality. The more in-tune a man is with his body, the better he’ll be able assess whether his sexual function is “normal.”
If you think you might be experiencing sexual dysfunction, consider the factors that may cause it. To learn more about what makes a man more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction, take a look at our blog: “Erectile Dysfunction: Are You at Risk?”
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