Women's sexual satisfaction increases with age, new study reports

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2012-01-05 15:59

SAN DIEGO, CA - Despite a decrease in sexual desire (libido) as a women age, women report an increase in sexual satisfaction, according to a new study published in the January edition of The American Journal of Medicine. The study was conducted by researchers from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, La Jolla, CA and Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System, California. The majority of the women reported sexual satisfaction increases with age, and arousal and orgasm are frequent, despite having low sexual desire. The study authors noted that women are prompted to engage in sex for multiple reasons, including sustaining relationships even when libido wanes late in life.

In recognition of decreased libido in older women, a “Female Viagra” has been marketed by BioSante Pharmaceutical Inc. Unfortunately, however, the drug manufacturer reported on December 15 that the product had failed to be proven effective in late clinical trials. Interestingly, the new San Diego study reports that decreased libido does not dampen sexual activity in many older women.

"A more positive approach to female sexual health focusing on sexual satisfaction may be more beneficial to women than a focus limited to sexual activity or dysfunction," noted author and Susan Trompeter, MD in a press release. She and her colleagues referred to earlier studies that reported that a decreased sexual desire correlates to low levels of arousal and orgasm. For example, a 2006 study of 50,000 women ages 18 to 101 reported the most common problem regarding satisfaction was low desire.

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