Now here’s something to look forward to: A new study from the University of California–San Diego has found that even though sexual desire decreases in women as they age, sexual satisfaction increases significantly.
Researchers asked 806 women aged 40 and over (the median age was 67) a number of questions about intimacy, ranging from how satisfied with their sex lives they were to how often they desired sex. As the women’s ages went up, so did their levels of satisfaction. Plus, about two-thirds of the women said they were at least moderately satisfied with their sex lives. Not too shabby!
Being satisfied, though, doesn’t necessarily mean having a lot of sex. In fact, some women who said they weren’t having any sex at all reported at least some satisfaction:
Just under half of the respondents who were sexually inactive indicated that they were at least moderately satisfied with their sex lives, the study found. “In this study, sexual activity was not always necessary for sexual satisfaction,” noted first author Dr. Susan Trompeter in a statement. “Those who were not sexually active may have achieved sexual satisfaction through touching, caressing, or other intimacies developed over the course of a long relationship.
“Emotional and physical closeness to the partner may be more important than experiencing orgasm,” Trompeter stated. “A more positive approach to female sexual health focusing on sexual satisfaction may be more beneficial to women than a focus limited to female sexual activity or dysfunction.”
That reminds us of another recent study that found frequent sex was actually the key to a happy retirement. Whatever type of sexual contact you enjoy, here’s to being a sexy senior!
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