The Zoomer Report: Older Women and Sex

Here’s an interesting finding about the sex lives of older women. A report in The American Journal of Medicine says a majority of women report sexual satisfaction increases with age. The study involved 800 women with an average age of 67.

Sixty-one per cent were satisfied with their overall sex life, regardless of whether they had a partner. This is counter-intuitive because older age is considered a predictor of low satisfaction, but the percentage of sexually satisfied women in the study actually increased with age. About half the women older than 80 reported sexual satisfaction almost always or always. Only a fifth of these women reported high levels of desire — they often had sex for other reasons like sustaining a relationship. But once they did it, they enjoyed it.

Not only were the oldest women the most satisfied overall, the oldest women who were sexually active had satisfaction rates similar to those of the youngest women.

And most said they were satisfied or very satisfied with the amount of emotional closeness during sex. The researchers say this is the factor that’s associated with greatest satisfaction.

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Libby ZnaimerAbout The Zoomer Report
Libby Znaimer, a prominent Canadian journalist specializing in business, politics, and lifestyle issues, is producer and host of The Zoomer Report, a special feature on topics of interest to baby boomers and the 50+. It covers everything from health and wealth to leisure and volunteerism, from the special vantage point of the generation that has changed society in its wake.

Ms. Znaimer is also Vice-President of News and Information for Classical 96.3FM and AM740. Her first book, “In Cancerland – Living Well Is The Best Revenge” – was published in October 2007 by Key Porter.