Women More Driven For Sex As Fertility Dwindles, UT Research Finds

Is UT the institution that finally did it: came up with a scientific explanation for cougars? Cougars of the sexy female variety, that is.

From the author of Why Women Have Sex (noted in the January|February Alcalde) comes more provocative research about female sexuality.

As more women delay having children past their 20s, their libido increases so as to capitalize on their remaining childbearing years, psychology professor David Buss and a team of fellow researchers have found.

Women between 27 and 45, the team found, entertained more sexual fantasies and were more willing to engage in one-night stands, casual sex, and “adventurous bedroom behavior” than menopausal women or younger, more fertile ones.

Judith Easton, a graduate student who helped produce the findings, was careful not to sensationalize them. 

“Our findings,” she said, “suggest that women don’t necessarily need to go ‘baby crazy’ in their 30s or go around thinking they’re supposed to be having a ‘sexual peak.'” Rather, she said, the research shows that while it may be harder to conceive after age 35, women’s psychology will motivate them to keep trying until menopause. 



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