Do women over 50 enjoy sex chat
“This is the first study that indicates that [older] women would actually like to have more sex,” says Gisele Wolf-Klein, MD, director of geriatric education at the North Shore-LIJ Health System in New Hyde Park, N. “We know sexual activity decreases with age, and we do attribute that to lack of a partner, but we thought that women were kind of happy with this. Well, that does not seem to be the case,” says Wolf-Klein, who was not involved in the research.
“These people are looking and interested in resuming sexual activity,” she tells Web MD.
"I was very surprised that we didn’t see greater effect of hormone therapy in these women," says study researcher Margery Gass, MD, executive director of the North American Menopause Society in Mayfield Heights, Ohio.
Gass explains that since the findings of the Women’s Health Initiative were announced, namely that combined estrogen and progestin therapy increased a woman’s risk of heart attacks, strokes, and breast cancer, prescriptions for hormone pills and patches have declined.
But prescriptions for vaginal estrogen treatments, like creams and tablets, have increased as women look for ways to relieve vaginal dryness and loss of vaginal tissue and muscle tone, called vaginal atrophy.
"As gynecologists, we see the women who are having problems, and we are totally convinced that hormones do help women a great deal if they are experiencing dryness and discomfort with intercourse," Gass tells Web MD.
Women who reported having moderate to severe vaginal dryness were more like to report being sexually active.For the study, which is published in the journal Menopause, researchers looked at information collected on 27,357 women who were followed for about five to seven years.The primary goal of that trial was to measure the benefits and risks of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in postmenopausal women.Women who were on HRT at the beginning of the study reported higher levels of sexual activity than those who were not.But in a finding that was puzzling to researchers, women who were assigned to take hormones as part of the study weren’t significantly more likely than those taking placebo pills to continue to have sex over time.