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Sex. Most of us love it. Some of us say we can’t live without it. And given that there are definitely some significant health benefits associated with sexual intercourse, it may be at least partially true. Of course, some might take that and argue that you can’t have too much of a good thing- but that’s not entirely accurate. In fact, depending on how old you are, there’s a certain amount of sex that you should be having. Crazy, right? If you’re curious about how much sex is just right to benefit you and your partner the most, read on.

18–29 Years: 112 Times A Year

18 year old couple

As you might expect, people in the range of 18 to 29 years of age tend to have the most sex. This is because all of the factors that encourage sex are perfectly aligned in a way that simply ceases to exist the more one ages. Younger people are generally physically attractive, making it easier to pick up potential mates. Furthermore, hormones are at their peak, which generally means young adults are not making the best decisions when it comes to sex-related dilemmas. People within this age range tend to have significant energy and good health, which also contribute.

As far as actual numbers go, people between 18 and 30 should have sex around 112 times a year; this translates to about twice a week. This is fortunate considering many within this age group might want to have that level of sex- at a minimum. At this age, men and women are learning about and experimenting with sex. They may be getting to know their bodies in a sexual context- their needs, their likes and dislikes, and hopefully, contraception. While older generations may frown upon it, the fact is, sex is happening more and more often- best to play safe.

30–39 Years: 86 Times A Year

30 year old couple

Despite what sitcoms may have you believe, middle-aged couples are nearly as active as the young lovebirds. It’s not all carefree fun and games though; as we get older, certain changes start to take hold of the body, and these can definitely have effects that spill over into the love life. For example, most men can expect to see a decrease in the production of testosterone, the ‘man’ chemical. This might manifest in impotence, a type of erectile dysfunction. Both men and women can expect to see decreases in terms of energy, as well as bone and muscle loss.

For those who are supremely unlucky, health problems may begin to arise at this age, some of which may decrease the ability to have sexual encounters. Even among healthy individuals, there may be a reduced drive for sex, and of course, there are likely to be more obstacles that limit sexual opportunities, such as caring for family members, careers, and other responsibilities. As such, it is reasonable to expect early middle age adults to engage in sex around 86 times a year, which is about two thirds as often as their younger counterparts, but still a pretty active sex life.