Sex In Your 60’s Good
Two new American studies reported in the London Times have confirmed that people who stay in good health can enjoy an active sex life well into their sixties and beyond.
The researchers estimated by the age of 55, men in continuing good health can hope for another 15 years while women generally have another 11 years of sexual activity.
Men Keener Than Women
Being married or having a long-term partner makes this gender difference less obvious, the studies, published online in the British Medical Journal , found.
Men reported being more interested in sex overall and were more likely to report a good sex life than women. Those in good health are almost twice as likely to be interested in sex compared with those who are ill or in poorer health.
They are also likely to have regular sex — once or more a week — and report better quality lovemaking, experts found.
Slow Down in Late 70’s
The difference between the genders was most noticeable among the 75 to 85 age group, where 39 per cent of men compared with 17 per cent of women were sexually active.
At age 55, men in very good or excellent health on average gained five to seven years of sexually active life compared with their peers in poor or fair health.
Meanwhile, women in very good or excellent health gained three to six years compared with women in poor or fair health.
Viagra Has Helped
Stacy Tessler Lindau and Natalia Gavrilova, who led the research at the University of Chicago, said that the use of treatments for erectile dysfunction, such as Viagra, was likely to have contributed to longer sex lives.
But, they add: “About half of all sexually active men and women aged 57 to 85 in the United States report at least one bothersome sexual problem; one third report at least two. Yet doctors rarely address sexual concerns in older adults, particularly in women.”
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