I am a heterosexual year-old man who has been married for nearly 44 years. I have three grown sons and four young grandsons, which is a major reason that how boys and young men are treated in our country is of great importance to me. Part of that is whether or not they and their reality is and will be understood. And one element of that reality is their sex drive.
There are many stereotypes that portray men as sex-obsessed machines. Books, television shows, and movies often feature characters and plot points that assume men are crazy about sex and women are only concerned with romance. So what stereotypes about the male sex drive are true? How do men compare to women? A recent study at Ohio State University of over students debunks the popular myth that men think about sex every seven seconds. That would mean 8, thoughts in 16 waking hours! The young men in the study reported thoughts of sex 19 times per day on average.
As men get older, their sex drive can decrease with age. A natural fall in testosterone levels — especially after the age of 40 — can lead to a wilting desire for sex, an increase in the time needed to achieve erection and, in some cases, erectile dysfunction ED. Most men in their lifetime will experience some form of ED. Testosterone is a male sex hormone, produced mainly in the testicles, that plays a large role in the male sex drive. Women also have testosterone but at much lower levels.
When it comes to men and their sexual peak, there's a widespread notion that men reach the pinnacle at 18 -- and remain there throughout their 20s. Studies show that the male sex hormone, testosterone, begins to peak as a man moves from his teens into his 20s. By age 18, male testicles are producing the most testosterone they ever have -- or will -- in a man's lifetime.