The influences of these factors undoubtedly change as women age. This study aimed to examine potential differences in sexual motivation between three distinct age groups of premenopausal women. The YSEX? Questionnaire by Meston and Buss [ 1 ] was used to measure sexual motivation.
Still Doing It: The Intimate Lives of Women Over 65 is a candid and refreshingly complex video that embeds the sexuality and sexual expression of older women within the larger issues related to stereotypes about older women, aging women's body images, and ageism at the intersection of age and gender. These issues are illustrated through remarks from a cultural historian, quotes from recognized gerontology and sexuality professionals e. Ruth Westheimer, and the sex research team of Starr and Weiner , statistics from governmental agencies, archival black and white photographs of older women, archival film of runway fashion models, color photos of magazine covers and ads from fashion and women's magazines, and ageist greeting cards. These illustrations provide a social and historical context for the video, as well as contextual information about experiences, events, and movements e. Nine older women, ranging in age from 67 to 87, share their sexual thoughts, feelings, and behaviors with the viewer. Harriett 75 , a writer, is a former artist's model who feels sex and youth goes together and, until seeing the finished video, had not yet acknowledged her own aging. Elaine 75 is a grandmother, but still sees herself as a sensual being. Ellen 68 and Dolores 70 , a lesbian couple, met when Ellen was supposed to be helping Dolores meet a new man. Juanita 74 is a devoutly religious person who finds it comfortable to reconcile her sexual needs and an almost year nonmarital relationship with her male partner.
Sexual debut before age 15 years has been associated with increased sexual risk behaviors among teens, but little is known about its effects beyond adolescence. This study examines the relationship between the age at first intercourse and subsequent contraceptive gaps. We identified sexually active, fertile women participants from the — National Survey of Family Growth. Twenty-three percent reported gaps in contraceptive use in the year prior to interview. Age at first intercourse is associated with inconsistent or nonuse of contraceptives in later life.
A new study of sexually active older women has found that sexual satisfaction in women increases with age and those not engaging in sex are satisfied with their sex lives. A majority of study participants report frequent arousal and orgasm that continue into old age, despite low sexual desire. Researchers from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System evaluated sexual activity and satisfaction as reported by older women who are part of the Rancho Bernardo Study RBS cohort, a group of women who live in a planned community near San Diego and whose health has been tracked for medical research for 40 years. The study measured the prevalence of current sexual activity; the characteristics associated with sexual activity including demographics, health, and hormone use; frequency of arousal, lubrication, orgasm, and pain during sexual intercourse; and sexual desire and satisfaction in older women. Half the respondents who reported having a partner had been sexually active in the last 4 weeks. The likelihood of sexual activity declined with increasing age. The majority of the sexually active women,