More sex, please; we’re over 40
Research shows that sexually-active older women are likely to keep on having sex as they grow older. Who’d have thought it?
It seems that research has finally backed up what we at Toyboywarehouse have always known; women don’t stop having sex as they grow older.
At the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center a group of researchers recruited over 600 women between the ages of 40 and 65. In a study which resembles the work of Kinsey, Masters or Johnson, they were asked to report if they were sexually active and how important they felt sex was in their lives. The results explode the myth that women lose interest in sex once they become over 40.
“There’s this popular public perception that as women age, sex becomes unimportant, and that women just stop having sex as they get older,” lead author Dr. Holly Thomas said. “From our study, it looks like most women continue to have sex during midlife.
The survey found that 10% of women reported that sex was ‘extremely important’, 50% considered it ‘moderately important’ and 20% thought it was ‘not very important.’ Incidentally, the results showed that women who rated sex as ‘important’ in their relationships were three times as likely to stay sexually active later in life.
Dr Thomas also noted that a further finding showed – perhaps unsurprisingly – that “it may be detrimental to label a woman as sexually dysfunctional.”
Since the release of the middle-aged man’s savior Viagra there’s been a search for a female version of the drug, despite both doctors and psychologists questioning the value of diagnosing women with sexual dysfunction.
Using an index of 19 questions about arousal, orgasm, vaginal lubrication and pain during intercourse, doctors are able to score sexual function. Anything below a certain number is regarded as dysfunctional.
Despite being diagnosed as above, 8 years after the commencement of this research 85 % of those 354 women (now aged 48 to 73) reported they were still sexually active. The authors of the report were surprised that the index failed to predict whether the women continued to have sex. The most important predictors of sexual activity? Education, having a partner and how important the women deemed sex.
Written by a member of Toyboy Warehouse and published as the first installment in our 30 Blogs in 30 Days campaign, with the aim of redefining perceptions of dating and sexuality.