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Boomin' granny: The truth about sex and the octogenarian lady

Aug 30, 2012, 8:24 a.m.
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The sexual revolution brought many topics previously relegated to the closet out of that hideaway. This is still true today and thank goodness, because it means better sexual health for women of all ages, including the octogenarian lady. Topics like how to increase female desire can be freely discussed at home, with friends and even on popular daytime television "doctor" programs.

The facts of life are that with age, actual sexual activity for older women may slow down, as it does with men. Men have one advantage in that because women outlive men, older men have a better opportunity to find a partner than do women. Not having a partner is perhaps the only thing that might keep an elderly woman from a rich sexual life. Active sexual behavior of all types does continue well beyond the age of 80 for many who are healthy and able.

Some problems that occur with aging, such as vaginal dryness, impotence, depression and being on certain medications can cause limitations for sexual activity and desire for sex. How to increase female desire has been studied and reported, especially as it applies to the older generations. Studies indicate that sexual behavior among those over age 70 is about the same as that of persons in their 50s and 60s. Roughly three quarters of those persons in each age group who do have a partner are sexually active. All share a basic human desire to be loved and have an intimate relationship.

Sexual health for women is important to the octogenarian lady. Studies have linked good health with good sex, citing its benefits as physical exercise and the mental perks that come from endorphins that are released with orgasms. Sex in general continues to be viewed by older persons as an important part of life. They have the additional benefits of no longer being fearful of becoming pregnant and that can allow them to feel more relaxed and able to enjoy the experience.

A study funded by the National Institute on Aging, published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine, details findings of a national survey done with 3005 adults aged 57 to 85. Conducted by Stacy Tessler Lindau, University of Chicago, the study indicates a close link between being healthy and sex. An active sex life can help the boomin' granny remain more fit and healthier, both mentally and physically. Hormones that are released, including endorphins, create a sense of well-being and the act of being loved is also beneficial psychologically.

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