Although the idea of a passionate affair filled my fantasies, my sexual confidence was at rock bottom. After a few disastrous dates with men who were introduced by friends, I met a man I liked. After the massive build-up of nerves and anticipation, I was surprised at how simple and natural it all was - I had forgotten that sex is about how we connect, not whether we have perfect bodies.
And it's a pattern that's being repeated all over the country: 68 per cent of divorces are now initiated by wives.
By her own admission, Judy Hollis's behaviour was thoughtlessly promiscuous.
'For a year,' she says, 'I fooled around, sleeping with more than ten men.
Greater economic independence and the fact that 50 no longer spells the end of the road for women are just two of the reasons for the ever- spirallingdivorce rate among older couples.
For better or for worse, we are the first generation of women to turn traditional ideas of middle age on their head.
Health Protection Agency figures show a 60per cent increase in cases of chlamydia in 2008 in this age group, compared to 2004.