There is a misconception very ripe in the society that as women age, since their hormonal secretion level decreases, it implies that their desire for sex and the level of enjoyment would also decrease. However, recent studies have shown that this is not the case in fact. The researches have shown there is no relation between the decreasing hormonal levels and desire for sex in women. Nor does it affect the level of satisfaction during intercourse. In recent studies, the factor like an orgasm, attitudes towards sex, petting, etc were taken as indicators of sex desire and satisfaction to find out if menopause and age have anything to do with these two factors. Surprisingly, the study showed there wasn’t any difference in the frequency of sex or the level of satisfaction and orgasm related to old age. E.g. among women up to the age of 45, 29% said that they have an orgasm very often as compared to 26% women of ages above 45. Even more surprising is the fact that where 41% of women above the age of 45 reported having orgasms often, only 29% of the women below 45 reported that they have orgasms often.

During the sexual activity which did not involve intercourse, women above 45 reported having fewer orgasms. Both the groups experienced both conditions of satisfying love-making experience i.e. they experienced not only physical satisfaction but also emotional closeness to their partners.

What Really Does Affect Desire for Sex in Women?

From the analysis of the results presented by the study, and by carefully comparing the answers of both the groups of young and old women, as well as from those with sexual problems an those without any problems, it was concluded that it was not the age which really mattered in sexual relationships, rather the only factor which could substantially affect the desire for sex in women was the quality of the relationship, especially the degree of respect the women got from their partners. It was a factor of prime importance in shaping sexual attitude, particularly in older age.

Comparing the other researches too, the researchers found that age or menopause cannot be regarded as a compelling and only feature responsible for the decline in desire for sex in women. Rather, many other factors can be responsible if any sexual problem occurs in mid-age, e.g. contextual factors, life stressors, past sexual experiences, and mental health, etc.