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Sexual activity is an essential part of intimate relationships, though it tends to decline as people get older.
But although research shows that frequency of sexual activity can decrease with age, for many older people, sex still remains an important part of their life. Women were found to be less sexually active as they aged, but studies show that, just like men, many women also want to continue to have sex as they get older.
Studies in the US report similar levels of sexual activity across these age groups. And the fact that so many people are still having sex as they age is good news, because as our new research seems to indicate, the less sex older people have, the more likely they are to experience mental and physical health problems. Our research looked at the sex lives of 2, men and 3, women aged 50 and older.
We asked whether they had experienced a decline in the last year in their level of sexual desire, frequency of sexual activity, or ability to have an erection men or become sexually aroused women. We found that men who reported a decline in sexual desire were more likely to go on to develop cancer or other chronic illnesses that limited their daily activities.
Men and women who reported a decrease in the frequency of sexual activities were also more likely to experience a deterioration in how they rated their level of health.
And men with erectile dysfunction were also more likely to be diagnosed with cancer or coronary heart disease. Our research also found that older adults enjoy life more when they are sexually active. And those who experience a decline in sexual activity report poorer well-being than those who maintain their levels of sexual desire, activity and function in later life.
This is largely because during sex, there is a release of endorphins, which generate a happy or elated feeling. Research suggests that people who engage in sexual intercourse with their partner are also likely to share a closer relationship. All exercise comes with health benefits — and sex is no different. Of course, sex is not the only factor that can help to improve health and well-being in older age. But as our research shows, older adults are not devoid of sexual desire, and an active sex life is something that should be encouraged.
But it may well be that such discussions could help to challenge norms and expectations about sexual activity. And as our research shows, it could also help people to live more fulfilling and healthier lives — well into older age. This article was first published on The Conversation website on 23 September Tweets by uclnews. Still at it Our research looked at the sex lives of 2, men and 3, women aged 50 and older. Trying new positions Of course, sex is not the only factor that can help to improve health and well-being in older age.
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