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One in five men over 65 take pills for having sex

One in five men over 65 take pills for having sex

Almost two-thirds of seniors are interested in sex, with 73 percent of seniors saying that they were satisfied with their current sex life.

The stereotype of people slowing down as they got older held true, according to the study's data, with the percentage of sexually active seniors going down as their ages went up.

The analysis, based on 1 000 pensioners aged between 65 and 80, discovered that one in five maintain a close interest in sex into their late seventies. Good health was also linked with sexual activity: 45% of people who said they were in good health were having sex, versus just 22% of those who were in fair or poor health.

The poll, carried out by the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, found almost three-quarters of the group had a romantic partner and 54 per cent of those were sexually active - with 73 per cent satisfied. However, only 17 percent of them have actually done this. Interestingly, though only 12 percent of women polled said they were "very interested" in sex, as opposed to 50 percent of men.

Solway and colleagues learned that there can be sharp differences in the respondents' sex lives depending on their health, age, and gender.

The respondents also reported on whether they have sought out help or advice about sexual health or sexual problems.

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Preeti Malani, MD, from the University of MI in Ann Arbor, and colleagues surveyed a randomly selected group of 1002 older adults aged 65 to 80 years about their perspectives on relationships and sex and their sexual health experiences.

A decade ago, a similar survey found similar results, indicating that sex among the ageing hasn't changed much in 10 years. On the upside, women were more likely to be extremely or very satisfied with their sex lives than men.

Most older adults agree that sex is an important part of a romantic relationship at any age, according to the National Poll on Healthy Aging.

Perhaps the biggest takeaway of the poll, which was sponsored by the AARP, is that "the need for and interest in sexual intimacy doesn't stop at a certain age", said AARP Senior Vice President of Research Alison Bryant in a statement.

Although seniors were overall interested in sex, there were some noticeable differences when it came to gender. Women were more likely to be extremely or very satisfied with their sex lives, while men were more likely to be extremely or very interested in sex.