We live in a society that constantly suggests to us, in many different ways, that being younger or more youthful is somehow better than getting older or aging, no matter how gracefully we do it. There are billion dollar industries that run on the idea that being younger is better, ranging from simple creams, lotions and cosmetics all the way to minor and major surgeries which are all done to make women look younger.
What ever happened to appreciating getting older because you get wiser, you advance in your career and have more disposable income? Well, it turns out there are many reasons to to appreciate our bodies as they get older.
Higher s*xual satisfaction
Think you’re destined to lose some of that between-the-sheets sizzle? We have great news: A shift in your hormonal balance in your early forties can actually increase your s*x drive and your ability to have [email protected], says Dr. Peeke. “Plus you feel more comfortable in your body, you trust your partner more, you tap into experience and the subtler ways to find pleasure during s*x — all of these things translate into an ability to achieve [email protected] and have heightened s*xual enjoyment.” According to the nation’s largest s*x survey, just 61 percent of women ages 18 to 24 experienced [email protected] the last time they had s*x, compared to 65 percent of women in their thirties — and a whopping 70 percent of women in their forties and fifties.
You can call it the been-there-done-that benefit of getting older: While your body’s stress response never changes, the list of what’s going to send it into overdrive becomes much shorter, says Dr. Peeke. “How many times do you have to face a terrible commute or a micromanaging boss before you just accept that it is what it is?” she asks. Plus, as time goes by, you grow more secure in your body, your relationships, your career, and your life choices — all while picking up a solid sense of what you can and can’t control. “When you walk around with your skirt tucked into your tights, it’s not the biggest deal in the world anymore,” says Dr. Northrup. “Your addiction to worrying about how you look fades, giving you more energy for what truly feeds you on a soul level.” Say it with us now: Ahhh.