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A Study of Sexuality and Health among Older Adults in the United States
Sexuality in Later Life | National Institute on Aging
Sexual intercourse or coitus or copulation is sexual activity typically involving the insertion and thrusting of the penis into the vagina for sexual pleasure , reproduction , or both. There are different views on what constitutes sexual intercourse or other sexual activity , which can impact on views on sexual health. Various jurisdictions place restrictions on certain sexual acts, such as incest , sexual activity with minors , prostitution , rape , zoophilia , sodomy , premarital and extramarital sex. Religious beliefs also play a role in personal decisions about sexual intercourse or other sexual activity, such as decisions about virginity ,   or legal and public policy matters. Religious views on sexuality vary significantly between different religions and sects of the same religion, though there are common themes, such as prohibition of adultery.
Sexual Activity Among Older Populations
In a supportive relationship, there are many benefits to having more sex. Higher rates of sexual activity are linked to positive changes, such as lower blood pressure, reduced stress, greater intimacy , and even a lower divorce rate. A study found that general well-being is associated with sexual frequency, but only to an extent. One sexual encounter per week is fairly consistent with the current average. However, our increasingly busy lives may be getting in the way of having more sex.
Despite the aging of the population, little is known about the sexual behaviors and sexual function of older people. We report the prevalence of sexual activity, behaviors, and problems in a national probability sample of U. The unweighted survey response rate for this probability sample was Among respondents who were sexually active, about half of both men and women reported at least one bothersome sexual problem.