"It seems that around age 30, men start looking for younger women to date, which narrows the dating pool significantly.

Younger women are perceived as more 'fun' with fewer expectations and a more youthful appearance and body." Ryan said that many men even limit their online dating searches to only women up to age 35, regardless of how old they are themselves.

This can sometimes lead to fear in a new relationship, and past fears can haunt new relationships," said Candice A. "Combine this with the fact that we usually have more responsibilities in the 30s dating can be considered more difficult." When you're set in your ways and looking to find someone your own age, one of the best ways to do that may be doing something you love.

Chances are, if someone else is doing it too, you may have more in common.

"There is very little that we can do about this, but accepting this reality is important when setting expectations for dating." Another reason that men may start dating younger women after 30 is that we tend to have a bit more baggage the older we are.

This isn't limited to women so you'll need to ready to deal with some baggage in your own potential partners too, like past relationships and maybe even kids from prior relationships.

"This is when dating services come in handy, to find the others that are available and ready to date." Laura Ryan, a licensed marriage and family therapist, certified hypnotherapist, and certified Imago Relationship Therapist agreed.

"Many eligible men have now gotten married or are in long term relationships because nesting and settling down is something that starts to happen in your late 20s and people begin to marry and have children in their 30s," she said.

But what makes dating after 30 different from dating in your 20s? I spoke to dating and relationship experts as well as women who are navigating dating after 30 to find out what's so different and how to make it easier.

According to the Pew Research Center, the average age for marriage in the United States in 2011 was 27 for women and 29 for men, so by the time we hit 30 a lot of our friends and potential mates are already in committed relationships.

"Cognitive development is done after the age of 25 and as executive functioning comes into play connecting today's actions with tomorrow's desires begins to be the driving force in healthy people's lives.