This is why you have less sex as you get older, according to science

Sexual activity and our level of libido varies from person to person – but one thing plenty of people have in common is the lack of both as we grow older.

While its absolutely possible to have a fantastic sex life at any age (just ask Kate Garraway), maintaining the passion in your relationship can be difficult as life gets in the way – be it family pressures, work stress or physical set-backs like lower stamina or tiredness.

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However, if you’ve blamed any of these (very valid) factors for a decline in bedroom activity in the past, you might be interested to know that new research has revealed that there could be some other influences at work.

A study, published in The Journal of The North American Menopause Society, has highlighted that women in particular tend to participate in less sexual activities and get less pleasure from sex as they get older.

To find out why, researchers surveyed 4,418 women with a median age of 64, asking them questions about their sex lives. Out of all the participants, they found that 65.3 per cent had a romantic partner but only 22.5 per cent reported they were sexually active.

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As for their reasons for not having sex, many of the women blamed it on three key things: the actual logistics of organising sex, the impact ageing has had on their self-image and self-confidence, which as a result has decreased their sex drive, and finally, having wider problems in their romantic relationship.

So busy schedules and exhaustion aside, according to the authors behind the study, these relatable points may actually be the ultimate reasons for a lack of sex as we grow older.

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‘A small minority (3 per cent) reported optimistic and positive sexual experiences. [1 in 8] women in the study experienced sexual problems, but only 2 per cent referred to [hormone therapy],’ the researchers stated. ‘Open communication about sexuality, including desires, needs, and dysfunctions, is important and will reduce the threshold for women to discuss sexual function.’