Can you guess the number one reason why women cheat?
Perhaps unsurprisingly it’s sex-related and due to a lack of action in the bedroom, particularly for middle-aged women.
Extra-martial dating site IllicitEncounters.com has seen a 30% year-on-year increase in the amount of women over the age of 40 signing up.
They surveyed 500 married women aged 40 or older and found that 86% joined the site because their sex life had dwindled.
The most common reason for the bedroom blues was down to their husbands losing interest in sex altogether – according to 39% of the women.
A further 31% said that their husband refused to experiment in the bedroom while 20% said that sexual dysfunction had thrown the proverbial spanner in the works.
The research also revealed that older ladies are particularly seeking affairs with younger men.
As many as 78% of the women surveyed have had an affair with a younger man.
To be more specific, 16% have had an affair with someone aged 5 to 10 years younger, 37% have strayed with someone aged 10 to 15 years younger and 25% having done the dirty with a partner 15 to 20 years their junior.
One such love rat, Holly, a 43-year-old business owner from Buckinghamshire, said: “I still love my husband.
“He’s the same man I married many years ago, but it’s impossible to ignore the lack of intimacy in our marriage.
“When someone loses interest in sex, it’s incredibly difficult.”
Holly continued: “It’s not something you can simply talk them out of – I haven’t been able to anyway.
“But again, I love my husband for the man he is, so I’m not keen on a divorce.
“An affair has allowed me to get the best of both worlds.
“My husband continues to remain my rock and my best friend, while the lack of intimacy in our marriage is resolved elsewhere.”
The site’s spokesperson, Christian Grant, added: “A lack of passion and sex is unarguably the heaviest anchor in any relationship.
“Fortunately, there is a way out and that comes in the form of toy boys.
“When presented with the opportunity to date a younger, more energetic and more virile version of your husband – who, by contrast, lacks all of those things in his later years – it’s very difficult to say no.
“The ever increasing numbers of older women searching for these younger men proves that that is the case.”