Dating a woman 4 years older
The exact mechanism for this predicted demise wasn't always clear, but physicians of that era did believe it was dangerous for older women to even about sexual activity because erotic thoughts might, among other evils, evoke regrets for lost allure and those regrets could trigger disease.Medical literature and popular culture of the time (mostly written by men, of course) often portrayed women over 50 as borderline insane.
In a 2007 University of Chicago study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, half of sexually active Americans aged 57-85—male and female—reported bothersome sexual problems.
In fact, the researchers found that those who sexually active had intercourse about as often as much younger people.
And some of the reported problems (such as difficulty with lubrication or painful sex) can be alleviated with products like water-based vaginal moisturizers or lubricated condoms as well as vaginal estrogen.
Men can take a pill to stay aroused and enjoy sex as they get older, but women's responses are far more complex.
All these obstacles to fulfilling sex converge just at the time in our lives when a lot of us were hoping that we could have a little fun after years of raising kids and running busy households.