A recent study of 2,000 women from the U.S. shows that 60 percent of the participants had been sexually active in the last three months, and half of them enjoyed it! Should this really be a surprise?
The study, conducted by the University of California at San Francisco, asked women aged 45-80 to report on their sex lives, their sexual enjoyment, and (if applicable), their reasons for abstaining. They found that out of the 60 percent who were currently considered sexually active, half reported "moderate to high" levels of satisfaction, and nearly a third of women 65 or older had engaged in sexual activity in the past three months. African-American women reported higher levels of desire, but lower levels of sexual activity than white women, and sexually active Latina women were more likely to report "at least moderate sexual satisfaction."
They also questioned them on their level of interest in sex, UPI reports:
The study, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, also found 43 percent of the women reported at least moderate sexual desire, challenging conventional wisdom that women lose interest in sex due to their own physical problems.
What is this "conventional wisdom"? While we live in a culture that seems to view sexually active women over 35 as absolutely hilarious, does anyone actually expect them to stop wanting sex entirely? As this study shows, many of them do continue wanting sex, having sex, and thinking about sex. The only shocker here should be that only half of the women surveyed reported "moderate to high" satisfaction with their recent sexual encounters. Maybe their next study should question their partners on their knowledge of the female anatomy.