Horny old broads, dirty old men. These commonly used terms speak volumes about how society views older people who are interested in sex. Experts say such derogatory labels reflect a deep level of discomfort in our youth-oriented culture with the idea that seniors are sexually active. Sex is identified with reproduction, youthful attractiveness, and power -- and most young and even middle-aged people do not want to confront the inevitability of growing old. So sexual intimacy among older Americans is a subject that people don't talk about much.
For women, sexuality changes with age but doesn’t disappear
How Sex Changes With Aging (& What You Can Do About It) - Better Health While Aging
I recently spoke with Dr. This is the first installment of a two-part series. The transcript has been edited for clarity and length. HealthyWomen: What happens to a woman's sexuality in middle age? Emily Jamea: During the shift to and after menopause , there are several hormonal changes, but the primary hormonal change that affects the vagina is a drop in estrogen , which is responsible for keeping the vagina elastic and lubricated. So what can happen over the long run, if you're not sexually active, is that it can atrophy since that hormone is so important in keeping the vagina elastic.
Sexual expectations and needs of middle-aged women: A qualitative study
Researchers say psychological reasons as well as physical discomfort deter older women from sexual activity. Women have less sex as they age. Those who are having sex experience less enjoyment from it, too. While previous research has blamed physical issues for the loss of sexual libido and sexual enjoyment, this study concludes that psychological and emotional reasons may be a larger part of the decline than previously thought.
Sexuality is an integral part of the human psyche and is present from birth to death in everyone. Sexuality is expressed throughout life in all people both consciously and unconsciously in body movements and body language, speech, appearance and in every imaginable way people interact with each other. The way people demonstrate their innate sexuality varies according to their stage of life. It is expressed in family intimacy and as part of play in childhood, more overtly in adolescence and in physical sexual activity throughout adult life. The importance of sexual health to overall health is often overlooked by health care professionals and society in general to the detriment of all.