Sex Improves with Age   Leave a comment

Sex does improve with age – especially for women.

Researchers attending the annual conference of the North American Menopause Society held in Orlando, Florida, interviewed 39 women attending, with some enjoying sex more than ever, despite having it less often.

These women told the researchers from the University of Pittsburgh they were more confident than when they were younger. They were better at communicating their needs to their partner and willing to broach delicate subjects, such as the use of Viagra. Some had adapted their lovemaking to compensate for age and changes to their bodies caused by the menopause.

They tended to spend more time on fore-play, try new positions, and put more emphasis on intimacy than passion.

Lead author Holly Thomas said: ‘One of the most enlightening findings of this study was the large number of women who had successfully adapted to any negative changes by modifying their expectations regarding sexual activity, putting more emphasis on the emotional and intimacy aspects of sex, or adapting the sex acts themselves.’

Denise Knowles, a sex therapist with the marriage guidance charity Relate, said: ‘Maybe we are more confident and have more of a what-the-heck attitude.’

Dr Pam Spurr, a relationship expert and agony aunt, said: ‘There is a lot of good news in this study. With age, women gain more wisdom about their sexual responsiveness and pleasure. Such self-knowledge helps rekindle the spark that might have been lost.’

Such wisdom is expressed, and illustrated, as well as researched and published in an easy to read, and sometimes humorous way, in Exploring Sex, Love and Lust, by Clive Peters. You know you deserve a copy to refer to – and continue to enjoy the best sex ever, no matter what your age.

Happy love-making.

Clive

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