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Fantasies can help rev up your sex life. Myths, on the other hand, can stop desire dead in its tracks. Such myths aren't the legends from classical history.
The need for intimacy is ageless. And studies now confirm that no matter what your gender, you can enjoy sex for as long as you wish. Naturally, sex at 70 or 80 may not be like it is at 20 or 30—but in some ways it can be better.
Contrary to what many young people think, older adults are having sex and, according to recent studies, plenty of it. For those of us of a certain age, this isn't new information. Our sex lives have hummed along well enough, thank you very much, thanks to our many years of experience.
At age 55, men can expect another 15 years of sexual activity, but women that age should expect less than 11 years, according to a study by University of Chicago researchers published early online March 10 by the British Medical Journal. Men in good or excellent health at 55 can add 5 to 7 years to that number. Equally healthy women gain slightly less, 3 to 6 years.
Changes in sexual desire and behavior throughout your life cycle are normal. This is especially true as you enter your later years. But in fact, many people remain sexually active throughout their lives.
In the study of nearly 7, men and women, ages 50 to 89, quality of life was higher in those who reported any kind of sexual activity in the past year, such as kissing, researchers found. Preferences differed somewhat by gender, however. Among sexually active men, intercourse at least twice a month and frequent kissing, petting or fondling were associated with greater enjoyment of life.
Back to Older people. The study looked at sexual activity and sexual health among more than 6, men and women aged 50 to It showed that a sizeable minority of older people — including those over the age of 80 — continue to have active sex lives, although sex became less frequent as people got older.
Abi Taylor, Margot A. It offers an overview of the evidence for healthcare professionals who had not previously considered the sexuality of their older patients. It also describes some of the sexual problems faced by older people, especially the difficulties experienced in disclosing such problems to healthcare professionals.