50something Men Have More Satisfying Sex Lives Than 30something Men?
Mar 19, 2009 11:43
Men in their fifties are more satisfied with their sex lives than men
in their thirties and forties, recording similar levels to 20-29
year-olds, according to a survey published in the February issue of BJU
A team of experts from Norway and the USA surveyed 1,185 men aged
between 20 and 79, asking them about various aspects of their sex life,
including drive, erections and ejaculation.
They found that although there was a strong relationship between a
man's advancing age and his declining sex drive and ability to have an
erection and ejaculate, there wasn't such a strong link between age and
overall sexual satisfaction.
The men who responded to the Norwegian postal questionnaire were
asked to rate their satisfaction with various aspects of their sex life
on a scale of zero to four, with four representing good sexual function
and no problems. Men in their twenties recorded an average overall
satisfaction level of 2.79 and the second highest level was among
fifty-somethings who recorded an average of 2.77. Men in their 30s only
reached 2.55 and men in their forties averaged 2.72.
After the age of 59, overall satisfaction fell significantly to 2.46
for men in their sixties and 2.14 for men in their seventies.
However when it came to sexual function, each of the scores moved
steadily downwards toward zero as the respondents got older, indicating
lower levels of function and more problems:
The average score for sexual drive was 2.19 out of four,
ranging from 2.79 for men in the twenties to 1.54 for men in their
Satisfaction with erections averaged
2.83, dropping sharply once men reached their fifties. Men in their
twenties scored 3.63, men in their fifties 3.03 and men in their
Ejaculation averaged 3.28 and
showed a more measured decline with age, falling more sharply for men
in their sixties and seventies. Men in their twenties averaged 3.85
while men in their seventies averaged 2.32.
Other findings included:
86 per cent of the men surveyed were married or in a
sexual relationship and 57 per cent had been sexually active in the
last 30 days. Six per cent had had a new sexual partner in the last six
25 per cent were on medication for high
blood pressure, five per cent for diabetes, six per cent for
anxiety/depression and five per cent for erectile dysfunction.
Respondents were representative of the Norwegian male population in terms of marital status and education level.
"The survey was carried out using a questionnaire first developed
and tested in American in 1995" says co-author Professor Sophie D Fossa
from the Rikshospitalet-Radiumhospitalet Trust in Oslo, who carried out
the research with colleagues from the University of Oslo, the
University of Bergen and Harvard Medical School in the USA.
"The results showed a very strong correlation between men getting
older and reduced sexual functioning, but not between age and sexual
satisfaction" she points out.
"Age accounted for a 22 per cent variance in sexual drive, a 33 per
cent variance in erection issues and a 23 per cent variance in
"But age only accounted for a variance of three per cent in overall satisfaction.
"Our results show that although men experience more problems and
less sexual function as they get older, it doesn't necessarily follow
that they are less satisfied with their sex lives as a result."
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