Swedish Study: More Sexual Satisfaction For 70-Year-Olds

Matthew Williams eFluxmedia 07/11/2008 08:36
Swedish Study: More Sexual Satisfaction For 70-Year-Olds

More 70-year-olds are having good sex more often and enjoying it more than their correspondents three and four decades ago, according to a Swedish study released on Tuesday.

After asking 1,500 older people across a 30-year period about their sex lives, Swedish researchers found that 70-year-olds of both genders are having more sex than they did 30 years ago, and many more women say they are being satisfied with their sex lives.

Septuagenarian women indicated satisfaction with their sexual activities, suggesting they may have benefited more from the relaxing of sexual mores.

Very little is known about what goes on between the sheets for healthy men and women aged 70 and older, in spite of the multitude of literature on the sexual habits and attitudes of younger adults.

Anterior studies have inclined to concentrate on what goes wrong, sexually speaking, which has generated the impression that the sex life of elderly people is dispiriting or absent.

According to Nils Beckman, a doctoral candidate at the University of Gothenburg, that impression is not true.

"Our study shows that most elderly people consider sexual activity and associated feelings a natural part of later life," Beckman said.