For some reason, we’ve been led to believe that older women (think 50 and above) don’t have much sex any longer. Maybe because of menopause or maybe because, well, most of us don’t want to think about our moms, or grandmas, getting freaky.
Well, it turns out that’s a lie. According to a new study, published in the latest issue of the Annals Of Family Medicine, nearly six in 10 women over the age of 60, in committed relationships, are actively getting it on. (Yep, that likely means your mom, too.)
‘People assume that as women get older, they automatically become sexually inactive and sex is not as important to them, which isn’t necessarily the case,’ Dr Holly Thomas told Health Day.
The study – which surveyed more than 2 100 women between 28 and 84 about physical and mental health, medical problems, use of medication, relationship factors, sexual activity and sexual satisfaction – showed that women in their 60s and 70s experienced sexual satisfaction comparable to women in their 30s and 40s! Yes: their sex lives were just as good, and very, very much alive.
But they’re not likely to go in for random hook-ups. ‘It seems that for many women in this age group, the big contributor to whether they’re sexually active is whether they have a romantic partner,’ says Thomas. But, she added, ‘We shouldn’t look at a woman who’s not married and 60, and assume she’s not sexually active.’ Just take a moment to think about that.
The good news? You’ve got decades of good sex in your future! And there’s absolutely no reason to let ageing slow you down in the bedroom. We’ll cheers to that!
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.