All those impulses and desires, for physical touch, for sex, for companionship, they're all the same. Research shows many women in their 60s, 70s and 80s have more time for sex than ever before. Credit: Getty images. Maybe it's morphed into something a bit more subtle.
A few months ago, during my annual well woman visit, my gynecologist asked me if I was sexually active. My gynecologist is around 70 herself, and seems to have an older clientele. I thought about the women who had sat stony-faced and slump-shouldered in the waiting room with me. They all seemed old. The collective tacit sighs in that room had been deafening.
For women, sexuality changes with age but doesn’t disappear
A new poll busts stereotypes about the sex lives of older Americans -- and reveals gender and health-related divides on key aspects of sexual health, while highlighting the need for more people to talk with their health providers about sexual issues. Forty percent of people between the ages of 65 and 80 are sexually active, according to the new findings from the National Poll on Healthy Aging. Nearly three-quarters of people in this age range have a romantic partner and 54 percent of those with a partner are sexually active. Whether or not they have an active sex life, nearly two-thirds of older adults say they're interested in sex, and more than half say sex is important to their quality of life. And when asked if they are satisfied with their current sex life, 73 percent of the nationally representative sample of 1, people polled said they were.
Join us at 1 p. Learn more. Overcoming challenges in desire is important, as sexual intimacy may translate to better health. Women are more than twice as likely as men to lose interest in sex in a long-term relationship , according to a new British study. When asked about their sex lives, 15 percent of men and 34 percent of women surveyed revealed they had lost interest for three months or longer in the previous year.