A new study shows that intercourse regularly, even in the older years, is the key to good health. It not only improves the feeling of well-being but also improves satisfaction with life, explains the researchers. The results of the study were published in the latest issue of the newspaper Sexual medicine.
The study by researchers at Anglia Ruskin University and University College London looked at 6,879 British seniors (over 65) who reported to have sex within the previous year. They noted that these individuals had a greater satisfaction with life and also had a greater level of enjoyment.
Dr. Lee Smith, a reader of training medicine at Anglia Ruskin, stated in a statement: "The results of our study suggest that it may be useful for doctors to ask geriatric patients about their sexual activity and provide help with sexual problems, such as problems with erections like sexual activity help elderly people live more fulfilling lives. "Smith and colleague Sarah Jackson looked at the differences in the effects of sexual activity among men and women. They found that women showed better well-being from intimate touch than from intercourse. Kissing, loving and touching allowed them to lead a more fulfilled life. These women then felt closer to their sex partners, found the researchers. Intercourse per se did not increase the sense of well-being amongst women. On the other hand, older men had a greater sense of well-being with regular intercourse.
Smith said in a statement, "Healthcare professionals should acknowledge that older adults are not malicious and that a frequent and trouble-free sex life in this population is related to better well-being. However, encouragement to try new positions and explore different types of sexual activity is not provided regularly to aging populations. "