Most of the really old don’t get it on. But if you keep yourself fit and in good health, you can keep having sex further into your golden years.
Unfortunately, those who live to be 100 don’t have much of a sex life as they near the century mark. The average man’s sex life ends around age 70. For women, it’s usually over at age 66. But, says a study at the University of Chicago, published in the British Medical Journal, if you keep yourself in really good health and physical shape, you can squeeze out up to an extra seven years of sex.
“Interest in sex, participation in sex and even the quality of sexual activity were higher for men than women, and this gender gap widened with age,” said lead author Stacy Tessler Lindau, M.D., associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Chicago. But the study also “affirms a positive association between later-life health, sexual partnership and sexual activity,” she said.
A consolation for older women, according to the scientists, is that many of them seem not to miss sexual activity after it ends. Continue reading