And then you learn that the same year you graduated college, he was wrapping up his freshman year—of high school.Dating someone younger—whether you’re two or three years his senior or are talking cougar territory—certainly can work (look at Eva Longoria and her 4-years younger beau), but being an “older woman” in a relationship does tend to come with certain perks and downfalls.

If you want to make things work, be sure you can handle the following. Men reach their sexual prime in their twenties due to a spike in testosterone, while women typically reach theirs in their 30s and 40s.

Add the fact that younger guys have more stamina, and you just may have a match made in orgasm heaven.“A younger man has more energy and is more willing to try things,” says Lindsay Slosberg, dating expert for the app Let’s Date.

Some younger guys are very needy and are looking to be "mothered" by an older woman. They aren't too concerned with financial stability and future security.

Many times the man will have jealousy issues and are not trusting of the woman. Older women know how fast time goes by and how important having this security is -- especially as we age. When the spark of romance blossoms between two people sometimes age does not matter.

“Being older, you’re more successful and established, while he’s still climbing the corporate ladder or even getting a career going,” she says.

“This can de-masculinize a man and make him feel like he’s unable to provide for and protect you.”Even worse, women in this situation may end up being a sugar mamma rather than an equal partner.“He’ll come up with creative date ideas that bring back romance and youth, and make you feel empowered and appreciated.”When you enter into a new relationship, it’s no secret you’re bringing former boyfriends along with you. “Men can have preconceived notions about women and relationships based on past experiences,” says Samantha Daniels, a professional matchmaker and president of Samantha's Table Matchmaking.“The younger and less experienced he is, the more open he’ll be in his relationship with you.”Be forewarned, though: Less baggage can also mean a lack of relationship skills, such as communicating and resolving problems and conflicts, says Melanie Matcek, a matchmaker and relationship coach in San Antonio, TX.They see these women as experienced and knowledgeable in the bedroom -- as if they have mysterious tricks up their sleeves.Don't forget, as teen boys, usually their fantasies were that of models, movies stars and centerfolds -- many of which were older women. Dating a younger man also makes the woman feel that she has more control of the relationship.“Many younger men are more connected with their peers than they are with the idea of being a couple,” explains Naples, FL-based author and relationship columnist April Masini.