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Join us at 1 p. Learn more. But what about everyone else's? In a survey that's still under way, more than 8, people over 50 have already revealed what happens in their relationships — and in their bedrooms. Read on for a look at 14 survey questions, think about how you would answer and see how you stack up with the results thus far. Then take the larger survey yourself. See the sidebar below to learn how.
Want to Improve Your Sex Life After 50? You Are Not Alone
But now that you yourself have entered this stage of life, the thought of sex should be natural. You may already have noticed some emotional changes that have accompanied menopause , but did you know that your vagina and vulva are physically changing as well? As your estrogen levels change during menopause, these tissues are thinning and becoming less elastic. All of these changes can affect the way you experience sex, but they can also be addressed with fairly simple solutions. Changing sexual positions and using over-the-counter OTC lubrication or vaginal moisturizers, for example, may help you maintain sexual enjoyment.
There's a popular perception that older people lose interest in sex. Not true. Studies show that people maintain active sex lives well into their later years. For example, one recent survey found that more than half of men and almost a third of women over the age of 70 reported they were still sexually active.