Sex after menopause: new study breaks down myths about mature relationships and sex

July 15, 2011 at 9:01 am in Love & Sex by VN Editors

The long-standing belief that women enjoy sex after menopause much less than men may not be true if you look at the results of a recent study. In fact, many long held beliefs about older couples and sex have been challenged including a the myth that men that men don’t like to cuddle.

The study, conducted by researchers from the Kinsey Institute in Bloomington, Ind., surveyed 1,009 heterosexual middle-aged and older couples in long-term relationships from five different countries. The results, though surprising, paint a different picture of both women who have a active sex after menopause and middle-aged men.

The researchers were surprised about much of the study results: for instance, men who reported frequent kissing or cuddling with their partners were on average three times as happy with their relationships as men who reported limited snuggling. For women, such shows of tenderness didn’t have much impact on relationship satisfaction. that it was not expected.

The most intriguing of the study’s findings, hat kissing and hugging were more important to the happiness of men than of women, proves what mature, sexually active women have known: Touch when used to seduce and arouse a partner, can help ease some of the negative aspects of sex after menopause.

Another noticeable study result is that that sexual satisfaction is more important to women who are in long-term relationships. And not as surprising to the women of Vibrant Nation, the study reports that for women, sex gets better over time and significantly more sexual satisfaction after being with a partner for 15 years or more.

What predicted overall satisfaction? For women, key factors were relationship duration and their own good sexual functioning. But for men, there seemed to be a larger variety of contributors to happiness: longer relationships, good physical health (healthy men were 67% more likely to report being happy with their relationships than men in poor health), good sexual functioning and their wives’ sexual satisfaction. Believe it or not, a man’s happiness rose 17% with each additional point he rated the importance of his partner’s orgasm.

This study is important to breaking down myths because it shows that middle-aged women can still enjoy a healthy, vibrant sex after menopause and throughout their entire lives. 

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