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April 15, 2011

If we’re all living longer – does that mean more sex?

by Prue Miller

Isn’t everyone simply sick of talking about the downside of living longer? If it’s not dementia, it’s stoke; if it’s not obesity, it’s diabetes – is there actually one good reason to curl your toes around the perch and hang on?

Here’s one: more sex.

If you live longer, you have time to have more sex. This will be particularly good news for men, who it seems, remain keen to get their groove on well into their seventies. Women it seems need a little more prompting.

A touch of hormone therapy can reverse a female age driven loss of sex drive – bit not all women want to take hormones as they have some potentially awful side effects, not the least being death.  This leads many women I am sure to consider if sex after 70 is worth it.

A study of 5000 women up to 70 years old was conducted by National Ageing Research Institute, led by Honorary Professorial Fellow at NARI, Professor Lorrainne Dennerstein AO who reports that women who take on hormone replacement therapy maintained their sexual function and maintained significantly better scores relating to arousal and enjoyment.

However, and I think this is a great finding, if a woman falls in love (or lust?) well, there is evidence of an overwhelming hormone change. No store bought hormones required, homegrown will do just fine.

Men are of course a different beast all together. In a  British Medical Journal report 67% of men ages 65 to 74 said they had been sexually active in the past year, compared with just 40% of women in that age group.

(I still want a definition of what sexually active is – is there a Clinton factor to consider? … let us read on)

The report reveals some rather alarming statistics; more than one-third of men ages 75 to 85 said they had sex in the past 12 months. It seems men think about sex right up to the literal death knell.

Which begs the question, WHO ARE THEY HAVING SEX WITH? I am almost certain it is not with their 80 year old wives. I have had the opportunity to see a lot of naked 80 year old men, and without wanting to appear cruel in any way, I can tell you it is not a pretty sight. It is not a turn on. There is either a lot of cash being passed round, or a few good sports with macular degeneration.

The silver lining in all this (at least for the women) is that men die younger. So at some point in time you’ll stop getting the evening tap on the shoulder and have approximately five years of decent sleep.

Would you believe Elder Porn?

Okay, last words on the subject. I just had to share this little social nugget with you:

According to Time/CNN Japan is repeatedly found to be one of the most sexless societies in the industrialized world. A WHO report released in March found that 1 in 4 married couples in Japan had not made love in the previous year, while 38% of couples in their 50s no longer have sex at all. Those figures were attributed to the stresses of Japanese working life. Yet at the same time, the country has seen a surge in demand for pornography that has turned adult videos into a billion-dollar industry, with “elder porn” one of its fastest-growing genres. Oh jeez.

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