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.
All those impulses and desires, for physical touch, for sex, for companionship, they're all the same. Research shows many women in their 60s, 70s and 80s have more time for sex than ever before. Credit: Getty images. Maybe it's morphed into something a bit more subtle. Twice divorced and with her current partner for three years, Sarah says that while it's largely accepted that men will continue to have sexual feelings as they age, the same isn't true for older women. She sees the myth about women losing their sexuality over the years as part of the invisibility that older women so often suffer.
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One of the myths of aging is that a satisfying and enjoyable sex life after 60 is impossible. Don't be fooled, and don't be disheartened. As with most myths, this one has long since been disproved. The truth is, many people enjoy a healthy sex life well into their golden years. Thanks especially to good medical care and improved nutrition and healthcare, people are living longer lives.