A new study has revealed why women are having less sex and derive less pleasure from it as they age.
These findings are based on a study of 4,418 women with an average age of 64, who were asked questions about their current sex life.
Out of the respondents, 65.3 per cent revealed they had a romantic partner, but only 22.5 per cent said they were sexually active.
Over time, sexually active women reported that they were having sex less, and finding it more uncomfortable. A previous study had revealed that nearly three-quarters of women are uncomfortable during sex, regardless of age.
Overwhelming family responsibilities were cited as a big reason for not engaging in sex, as they felt they had too much to worry about and other people to focus on. Other reasons included sexual dysfunction, widowhood, or a partner’s illness.
Many women also said that the logistics of organising sex was a problem, as well as domestic problems in their relationships were also factors.
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Some cited the ways ageing affects their physical appearance and their self-confidence causing a low libido, as they didn’t feel as attractive as they used to.
Speaking about the study, researchers said: ‘A small minority (3%) reported optimistic and positive sexual experiences’
‘[1 in 8] women in [the] study experienced sexual problems, but only 2% referred to [hormone therapy].
‘Open communication about sexuality, including desires, needs, and dysfunctions, is important and will reduce the threshold for women to discuss sexual function. Additional sexual education for [healthcare practitioners] is required to facilitate this process.’
They also added: ‘Sexual difficulties are often underreported, under recognized, and undertreated.’