Too old to have sex? No way!

Comment on this story
new new old couple sxc.hu It says happy couples also make the most of the empty nest after children have left home.

Some might find it hardly surprising that women report having fewer nights of passion as they grow older.

Yet lack of quantity is made up for by an increase in quality, it seems.

A study of hundreds of more senior women found they were happy with their sex life even though encounters were less frequent.

Californian researchers analysed data that 806 women gave about their sex lives. The average age was 67 but some were in their 80s and some in their 40s.

Half had been sexually active in the previous four weeks although the proportion fell off sharply with age.

Eighty-three percent of the youngest women were classed as sexually active, compared with 13 percent of the oldest, the American Journal of Medicine reports.

Sex drive was low among the oldest women to take part in the survey but satisfaction was high.

Further delicate questioning revealed that the oldest women were as likely to be satisfied with their orgasms as the youngest.

Overall, the odds of a woman being very satisfied with her sex life, whatever the frequency of encounters, went up with age.

About 47 percent of the oldest women described themselves as being very satisfied - whether or not they were having sex.

This is almost double the 25 percent figure for the youngest women.

The researchers said: “The percentage of sexually satisfied women actually increased with age, with approximately half of the women aged more than 80 reporting sexual satisfaction almost always or always.”

However, the satisfaction rate applied whether the women were having sex or not.

Study author Dr Susan Trompeter said: “Sexual activity was not always necessary for sexual satisfaction.

“Those who were not sexually active may have achieved sexual satisfaction though touching, caressing or other intimacies developed over a long relationship.

“Emotional and physical closeness to the partner may be more important than experiencing orgasm.” - Daily Mail

Try our online dating site now...

Get our free Lifestyle newsletter - subscribe here...



sign up
 
 

Comment Guidelines



  1. Please read our comment guidelines.
  2. Login and register, if you haven’ t already.
  3. Write your comment in the block below and click (Post As)
  4. Has a comment offended you? Hover your mouse over the comment and wait until a small triangle appears on the right-hand side. Click triangle () and select "Flag as inappropriate". Our moderators will take action if need be.

     

Godfrey, wrote

IOL Comments
09:18am on 19 January 2012
IOL Comments

give dat couple a bell at this age still going strong mavelous indeed........

Report this

IOL Comments

Anonymous, wrote

IOL Comments
04:34pm on 13 January 2012
IOL Comments

Very interesting! I would like to see the results of a similar survey done on males. In my opinion I do not think that males would be satisfied without having an orgasm.

Report this

IOL Comments

Anonymous, wrote

IOL Comments
04:10pm on 11 January 2012
IOL Comments

This is amazing at this age that Mavelous!

Report this

IOL Comments

Miss Marley, wrote

IOL Comments
01:32pm on 11 January 2012
IOL Comments

Sex is right up there with oxygen so if ppl are still having it at that age that's GREAT!! :-)

Report this

IOL Comments

Anonymous, wrote

IOL Comments
01:00pm on 11 January 2012
IOL Comments

hope the wife reads this one!!!!!!!!!!!

Report this

IOL Comments

Showing items 1 - 5 of 5