As women age, sex usually becomes less satisfying for them. Some of the reasons for this could be lack of a partner, widowhood, menopause-related symptoms, partner's poor physical health and relationship issues, researchers said.
The number of women regularly having sex declines with age and the number of women enjoying sex post-menopause is even lower, according to the study published in Menopause: The Journal of the North American Menopause Society.
The study examined how intimate relationships, health and psychological factors affect sexual intimacy and satisfaction in post-menopausal women.
"Sexual health challenges are common in women as they age, and partner factors play a prominent role in women's sexual activity and satisfaction," said Stephanie Faubion, Medical Director at the North American Menopause Society.
"In addition, menopause-related problems such as vaginal dryness and pain with sex have been identified which affect sexual function, yet few women seek treatment for these issues despite the availability of effective therapies," Faubion said.