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Studies Suggest that Older Couples Can Continue to Enjoy an Active Sex Life

There is a common myth among the general public that older women are not sexually active. However, recent studies suggest that this is not the case. Among women who are in committed relationships, many of them are enjoying active sex lives and connection with their partner. This can be uplifting for couples who fear that getting older might affect the emotional and sexual connection they share.

A recent study was published by the Annals of Family Medicine and found that nearly 6 out of 10 women over the age of 60 who are in committed relationships are sexually active. The study analyzed over 2,100 women ranging in ages 28 to 84, with the majority of this population in their 50's and 60's. The study found that the women who were in their 60's and 70's had sexual lives that we just as fulfilling as women in their 30's and 40's.

The women answered an array of questions about their sexuality. Respondents reported being sexually active in the last 12 months. In fact, of those who were 60 years of age and older, 59% were sexually active. And those who were in a romantic or committed relationship were 8 times more likely to be sexually active than those without a partner. However, the research also showed that 13% of women who were not in a committed relationship were also sexually active.

Dr. Holly Thomas, an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, who conducted the study, commented that these findings reveal that women enjoy being connected to one person and that this is more important than having sex for the sake of sex.

The research was praised by health professionals who work with older women, saying that this research highlighted the enjoyment that older women can continue to have in their relationships. It helps to debunk the stereotype that older women are not sexual.  Other experts pointed out that the study revealed the possibility for couples to continue to enjoy a healthy and enjoyable sex life well into their 60's and 70's.

Although there were some women who reported having enjoyable sexual experiences without being in a relationship, this was the minority. Instead, this study revealed that sexual satisfaction was linked to the quality of relationship women had with their partners. The study suggests that relationships are important to women in their older life.

Professionals, such as doctors and therapists, who are aware of this study may be able to facilitate healthy lovemaking among couples by sharing with them the results of this study. As couples continue to age, it's possible that the relationship might change and couples might easily grow distant over time. However, this study reveals that couples can continue to enjoy sex in their relationship for many years to come, which might help to deepen their relationship and secure their emotional bond.

If you're experiencing emotional or sexual difficulty with your partner, contact a mental health provider who might be able to facilitate a rekindling of your relationship.

 

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Chris Massman is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Chris' training includes Family Systems Theory along with numerous other theories. She believes therapy is an art and chooses the theory she feels will most benefit the individual sitting in front of her. Her specialty lies is in the field of Chemical Dependency and Addictions. Chris is currently seeing individuals, couples and families. Chris is a Clinical member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists as well as the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Chris has two locations including Tarzana and Agoura Hills, CA.