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Yes, older women still have sex

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If anyone still believes the stereotype that older people aren’t having sex, we’ve got news for you: the majority of women over 60 who are married or living with someone are sexually active. According to a survey published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, where 2,100 women between the ages of 28 and 84 — many of them in their 50s and 60s — were given a survey with questions about physical health, mental health, relationship variables, and both sexual activity and satisfaction. Of those surveyed, 62 percent said they’d been sexually active in the six months before the survey, and women who were married or living with a partner were eight times as likely to be sexually active than those who were not. Of the partnered women over 60, about 59 percent said they were sexually active. “I wasn’t necessarily surprised by the proportion of older women who are sexually active, but maybe others might be,” says study author Holly Thomas of the University of Pittsburgh.  “We assume that sex goes downhill as we get older, but these findings suggest women are maintaining sexual satisfaction as they get older.” Get your rocks off, senior citizens!

Read the full story at The Huffington Post.

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