Independent ladies, we've got some really good news for you. A new study says that if you're an older woman, one who is highly educated and earning a good income, chances are you're having some of the most satisfying sex of your life.
Research led by a McGill University doctoral candidate says that for women, education and money seem to bring women a sense of power. (Sorry guys, the same didn't apply for men.)
"Women are at a more disadvantaged position in society and having those social resources, as well as economic resources, improves their satisfaction,” Xiaoyu "Annie" Gong, the study's lead author, told the Toronto Star. “They’re definitely more empowered in the relationship, which leads to higher satisfaction.”
The findings, which were presented this week at a Canadian conference, analyzed data from a study of over 3,300 older men and women, aged 55-85, as part of the National Social Life, Health and Aging Project in the U.S. The respondents self-reported information about their sex drives and level of sexual satisfaction.
Women with higher income not only reported greater sexual satisfaction, but also higher sex drives.
"Having higher education probably gives them more power in the relationship, allowing them to ask for what they want and, therefore, they would have higher satisfaction," Gong said in a talk at Congress 2016 on Thursday.
While married people, both male and female, were more likely to report sexual satisfaction, money and education helped women's happiness in the bedroom regardless of marital status.
Interestingly, the authors note, money and education didn't really affect men's sex lives. Men's satisfaction, they found, was tied to their own health and how often they had sex.
"Education and income increases one’s resources [and] that may help to improve one’s experience in the bedroom," Gong said.
The findings come on the heels of other recent research which suggests middle-aged and older people's sex lives are anything but vanilla. Another recent Canadian study found that older people are not only regularly having good sex, they're also feeling more adventurous than they did a decade ago.