Wednesday 24 May 2017

Gender gap on sexual activity grows with age

Carla Bruni, wife of French president Nicolas Sarkozy, is magnificently unconcerned with her age. Photo: AP
Carla Bruni, wife of French president Nicolas Sarkozy, is magnificently unconcerned with her age. Photo: AP

Joan Smith

WOULDN'T you know it? Just as the popular press is getting up to speed with the idea that older women enjoy sex -- a notion so scary that some have been dubbed "cougars" -- a new piece of research suggests that men can expect a longer and more satisfying sex life than women.

You can relax, guys: according to the online British Medical Journal, studies in the US show at least twice as many men as women in the 75-85 age group are still sexually active. And they're said to be enjoying it more.

"Sexual activity, good quality sex life, and interest in sex were higher for men than for women and this gender gap widened with age," the researchers conclude.

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