Sunday, February 19, 2006

No Relevant Data Related to Sexual Attitudes and Behavior of Older People - By Valerian D.

There is no relevant data related to sexual attitudes and behavior of older people. May be this generation does not like to answer intimate questions or scientists think they are not a very interesting target.

However, a few existing surveys report a set of conclusions some of them interesting, some of them contradictory and some just funny. So they cannot be generalized especially because the target group was very small comparative to the complexity of problem.

In general, the process of sexual activity was characterized to decline in line with interest. Old people continued to give a high importance to physical intimacy between a couple despite of the absence of penetrative sex. The frequency of sexual intercourse related inversely to the length of a relationship. One of surveys found a large differences between individuals but the highest rates of intercourse happened in the first 2 years. After this 'honeymoon' period, the frequency of sexual activity declines. Many studies have found that length of a relationship is in a direct relation with sexual activity declining and was considered to be partly responsible for decline in sexual life.

There was estimated an irrelevant correlation between sexual dysfunction and sexual satisfaction. For example, people did not think that their sexual relationship was affected by illness despite of fact they reported problems with intercourse due to arthritis of the hips.

On the other hand one out of three subjects reported that they were satisfied with the amount of sex they had, even if they reported no sexual activity.

Valerian D is a freelance writer interested in health issues affecting men such as sexual dysfunction problems.

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