WOMEN are less likely to be sexually active than men in their older years, according to an expert on quality of life and ageing.
Stacey Tessler, Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Medicine Geriatrics at the University of Chicago said sexual problems happen frequently among older adults but they are not often discussed with doctors.
Prof Tessler, who will deliver a free public lecture in Trinity College, Dublin tonight pointed to research showing men and women who rated their health as being poor were less likely to be sexually active.
"Those who are sexually active are more likely to discuss sexual problems with a doctor. The frequency of sexual activity, a good quality sex life, and interest in sex are positively associated with health in middle age and later life."
She added that interest in sex among middle aged and older men in the United States has increased since 2000 – but about half of sexually active older women report a poor quality sex life.