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Survey Finds Older Women Are Sexually Satisfied, Even Without Having Intercourse

September 6th, 2012 by Brent, Staff Writer

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In the past few years, multiple studies have been published that suggest that older people are still in need of education regarding sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). This population has been ignored in  past safer sex awareness programs, even though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has named the elderly as a group that is at a high risk for contracting HIV and other STDs.
Recently, researchers from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System conducted a survey to gain a better understanding of the sex lives of older women. This study was done in order to determine what should be the main focus of sexual health awareness programs geared toward this population.
What the scientists found was that although many survey respondents reported low sexual desire, they said that they were frequently able to become aroused or have orgasms, and were satisfied with their sex life.
“Approximately half of the women aged 80 years or more reported arousal, lubrication, and orgasm most of the time, but rarely reported sexual desire. In contrast with traditional linear model in which desire precedes sex, these results suggest that women engage in sexual activity for multiple reasons, which may include affirmation or sustenance of a relationship,” said study authors.
Researchers added that women who reported that they weren’t sexually active got satisfaction from caressing, touching or other intimacies that can develop over the course of a long-term relationship.
According to the scientists, these results suggest that the most effective health programs for older women would focus on achieving sexual satisfaction, whatever that may mean for them, rather than the importance of physical intercourse.

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