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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 01/05/2012

Women’s sexual satisfaction may improve with age

Here’s something to look forward to: New research finds that women’s sexual satisfaction may actually improve as they get older.

The study, published in the January issue of the American Journal of Medicine, looked at such sexual satisfaction-related factors as hormone use, frequency of arousal, lubrication, orgasm and pain during sexual intercourse along with sexual desire and satisfaction among 806 women ages 40 to 100 (median age 67; 63 percent post-menopausal).

The researchers found that, while sexual activity declined as women aged, about half of those age 80 or older reported being sexually satisfied most or all of the time. In fact, the oldest women studied were the most satisfied overall, and those older women who had recently been sexually active reported that they had satisfying orgasms with about the same frequency as did the youngest women. Overall, among women who were sexually active, about 67 percent said they reached orgasm most times or every time they took part in sexual activity.

But 40 percent of all the women studied reported never or hardly ever feeling sexual desire. A third of those who were sexually active said they had low sexual desire.

Still, 61 percent of the women said they were happy with their sex lives — no matter what their level of sexual activity was, and no matter whether they had a partner or not.

The authors clarify that in this particular study, “sexual activity was not always necessary for sexual satisfaction. Those who were not sexually active may have achieved sexual satisfaction through touching, caressing or other intimacies developed over the course of a long relationship,” the study notes.

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