Why you actually have less sex as you get older
Does sex really get better as you get older? Well, it depends who you ask. Some women insist that, like a fine wine, it only improves with age (we hope they’re right), while others suggest kids, work and financial stress – not to mention, a glass of red and Netflix – can often kill the mood.
However, a new study seems to suggest the latter – specifically, that women, in particular, are having less sex and deriving less pleasure from sex as they age.
The findings are based on 4,418 women, with a median age of 64, who answered questions on their sex lives. More than half (65.3 per cent) had a romantic partner, yet only around one in five (22.5 per cent) said they were still sexually active.
But wait, why the dry spell?
The women listed problems in their romantic relationships, the logistics of organising sex, as well as the ways ageing impacted their self-image and self-confidence.
While a small minority (3 per cent) reported optimistic and positive sexual experiences, one in eight women experienced sexual problems. However, only 2 per cent referred to hormone therapy.
Researchers explained open communication about sexuality, including desires, needs, and dysfunctions was important to reduce the threshold, in order for women to discuss sexual function.
They recommended additional sexual education for healthcare practitioners was required to facilitate this process, adding that sexual difficulties are often under-reported, under recognised, and under-treated.