Plenty of women at midlife and beyond still have and care about sex, says the latest research, out just this week. While this may come as news to some younger people, it is no surprise to journalist Iris Krasnow. Krasnow, the author of several previous books on marriage and relationships, interviewed women of all ages for her new book, Sex After… Women Share How Intimacy Changes as Life Changes. She talked with women about sex after marriage, pregnancy, illness, coming out as gay, and divorce, but also after menopause — even long after menopause.
Women regularly practicing oral sex in France 2019, by age
• French women practicing oral sex regularly by age | Statista
Women over age 50 are having sex — and developing STIs — at a higher rate than commonly believed. The notion that women lose interest in sexual activity after menopause has collapsed under scientific scrutiny. Of those who were dissatisfied, more than half said they would prefer having sex more often. Many smaller studies corroborate the WHI results. All in all, it's become clear that older women are more sexually active than is commonly believed. These findings probably come as little surprise to older women themselves.
Great Sex Without Intercourse
What do we believe about sex and women in their 60s, 70s and 80s? Do we shudder to think of it, or do we not think about it at all? Whether or not we want to admit it, we have ideas about sex when it comes to women of a certain age, and those ideas can actually prove super harmful to their health and well-being.
Join us Thursday for two special coronavirus tele-town hall meetings. Find out more. Most Americans define sex as intercourse. The old in-and-out can be great fun, sure, but it also tends to frustrate many older couples. Even when aided by erection medication, older men may have difficulty accomplishing it.