March 10, 2010
Sex Life Lasts Longer For Men Than Women

Women lose interest in sex sooner as they age.

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.

One consolation for women is that many of them seem not to miss it. Men tend to marry younger women, die sooner and care more about sex, the study confirmed. Although 72 percent of men aged 75 to 85 have partners, fewer than 40 percent of women that age do. Only half of women 75-85 who remained sexually active rated their sex lives as "good," and only 11 percent of all women that age report regularly thinking about or being interested in sex. Among those age 57 to 85 not living with a partner, 57 percent of men were interested in sex, compared to only 11 percent of women.

I see this as meaning that men and women of similar age become less sexually compatible with age.

"Interest in sex, participation in sex and even the quality of sexual activity were higher for men than women, and this gender gap widened with age," said lead author Stacy Tessler Lindau, MD, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Chicago. But the study also "affirms a positive association between later-life health, sexual partnership and sexual activity," she said.

Healthier people maintain an interest in sex longer.

People who are in good health are almost twice as likely to be interested in sex compared to those in poor health, according to research published on today.

It is already established that sexual activity has health benefits and is linked to living longer. However, this study investigates how general health impacts on the quality of sex.

Since drugs like Viagra and Cialis boost male sexual function I would expect these drugs to amplify the mismatch between aging male and aging female sexual desire.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2010 March 10 12:07 AM  Aging Studies

Omar said at March 10, 2010 6:26 AM:

Bullshit. People lie in sex surveys.

House said at March 10, 2010 10:12 AM:

Everyone lies.

Fat Man said at March 10, 2010 10:28 AM:

I needed a study to tell me this? I have been married for 30 years.

I just hope that this study didn't add to our multi-Trillion Dollar Federal Deficit.

Flash Program said at March 10, 2010 3:24 PM:

Both males and females can pop pills to help them out*(men viagra and females hormones, at least). But, how do their organs vary in terms of fragility with age? That is which is more delicate, and requires more care while performing sexual activity? Do hormones restore the lubrication levels of youth, or must females also resort to lubricants?

Toadal said at March 11, 2010 11:33 AM:

I'm a married, mid-fifties, a half-marathon and marathon runner, and always have a sexual 'rocket in my pocket'. The running club I belong to has a few middle age women marathoners who are sweaty, humorous, sensitive, wonderfully feminine specimens who behave like teenagers. I feel privileged to know them.

While today's Runner's World magazine is obsessed with the novice runner, however, I expect future editions to give intimate profiles of middle aged and senior runner's intellectual and sexual activities, as well as their hobbies and interests.

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