Science Newsletter: They have no effect on the underlying cause of vaginal dryness. It seems that awareness about the physical and psychological changes during the middle age and becoming sure of the natural course of these changes would decrease women's anxiety and make them adapt with the changes during this period more peacefully; consequently, accepting the current conditions would lead to the improvement of their sexual relationship. The extracted codes were read to two middle-aged participants. Acknowledgment This article is adapted from a PhD. For men who may identify their every maleness with work and sexual ability, a lowering of libido or erectile dysfunction can be catastrophic. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
Many common drugs, including those used to treat depression and high blood pressure, as well as birth control pills, are well known to have sexual side effects.
Sexual expectations and needs of middle-aged women: A qualitative study
Sign In Sign Out. These lifestyle changes can also make a difference:. Buss, Easton and their colleagues found that women in their 30s and early 40s are significantly more sexual than younger women. Why would women be more sexually active in their middle years than in their teens and 20s? Although most sexually active women in the study were under age 65, the majority of the women who remained sexually active into their 70s and beyond retained the ability to become aroused, maintain lubrication and achieve orgasm during sex. For women, the joy of reconnecting with their partners is sometimes overshadowed by resulting injuries, such as vaginal tears. We just need to learn to adapt.