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Age: Men often more active than women

Gender: men more often active than women with age
Gender: men more often active than women with age
 

Men are twice as likely as women to be sexually active at older ages, but, regardless of sex, be healthy is crucial for the sexual well being after these ages come, according to a study published Wednesday by the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

Based on two surveys of the U.S. population, the study shows that the gap that widens with age, is much deeper among 75-85 years. Nearly four of ten men in this age group say they are sexually active against less than two of ten women (17%).

Being married or having an intimate partner reduces these differences, however. A survey (1995-1996) focused on some 3,000 people aged 25 to 74 years and another one (2005-2006) on an equivalent number of people aged 57 to 85 years.

The vast majority (95 to 97.8%) is defined as heterosexual. At age 55, men still have an average of nearly 15 years of sexual  activity against decade and a half for women.

Among 75-85 years, 41.2% of men say they are interested in sex against 11.4% of women. In this age, among those reporting a sexual life, 70.8% of men feel good against just over one of two women (50.9 %).

The survey confirms that these differences are partly explained by marital status (being married or having a partner or not).

Almost three quarters of men in all age groups report having a partner. While this figure falls to less than four of ten (38.5%) among women aged 75 and over. The healthy individuals were almost twice as likely to be interested in sex compared to those in poor health.

However, if life expectancy sexually active is larger in men, they lose more years of active sex than women because of poor health, the study said.

Sexual activity corresponded to at least one report in six months in the first survey and one in the previous 12 months in the 2nd survey.

 
 
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