Sex and the Older Woman – You Might Be Surprised!
Have you heard the rumors that older women have often closed the door on sex? Not true according to a recent study! We have heard of a so-called “sexual desire disorder” among women, but is this disorder fact or a clever marketing strategy from corporations seeking to sell a product that is “the solution” to the “problem?” Recent information from the Women’s Health Initiative and its study of over 27,000 women indicates that there may not be a widespread problem after all.
Not only is the “door” not closed to sex in the lives of older women, but actually it would appear that these women want more sex rather than less! The recently published study indicated that:
• 60 percent of women between the ages of 50 and 59 are sexually active
• Almost 50 percent of women in their 60s are sexually active
• 28 percent of women in their 70s are sexually active
• Two-thirds of those in the study are sexually satisfied
• 57 percent of the dissatisfied WANT MORE!
So, is there a problem? Yes, but it is not what we’ve been led to believe. The problem, according to respondents is not lack of interest in sexual activity, but rather lack of a partner! So . . . about hormones: late night television and stand-up comics, among others, have often spoken about the “problem” with women and hormones. The link between menopause and declining hormones in women is no secret, but this study confirmed that this decline does not result in a lack of interest or satisfaction in sexual activity.
This government-funded Women’s Health Initiative study included over 27,000 women between the ages of 50 and 70. “This is the first study that indicates that [older] women would actually like to have more sex,” says Gisele Wolf-Klein, MD, director of geriatric education at the North Shore-LIJ Health System in New Hyde Park, N.Y. The women in the study were followed for between 5 and 7 years.