Any time I get bored with day to day surgery and medical literature, and want to read some hot, sexy stuff, you know what I turn to?
The New England Journal of Medicine! There is more sex here than in Cosmopolitan!! The current issue of the NEJM, with the smoke still coming out of it as it rolled off the presses, deals with something I have long thought of in the repressed gyri of my cerebrum: Do old people really have sex? No, this is not another morbid thought of a sex maniac, but a major study objective of the venerable NEJM.
The study was conducted in the US on 3000 men and women between 57 and 85 years of age.
The results will put many a young one to shame:
One in four men between 75 and 85 have sex.
One in two men between 65 and 75 have sex.
Three out of four men between 57 and 64 have sex.
(What? They managed to randomly get all the dirty old men together in a study or what?)
Among sexually active people, half reported some sexual problems.
(Obviously, you are, like, trying to download a hi-def movie with a 22 kbps dial-up connection.)
The most prevalent sexual problems among women were low desire (43%), difficulty with vaginal lubrication (39%), and inability to climax (34%).
(Oh, that is news! We guys always thought that these are all part of the all-inclusive package of every woman!)
Among men, the most prevalent sexual problems were erectile difficulties (37%).
(Arrgh, the old bastards lied again!)
However, read this:
Fifty-eight percent of sexually active respondents in the youngest-age group reported engaging in oral sex, as compared with 31% in the oldest age group.
(To that, I can only curl up my lips and say, “Interesting!”)
The authors estimate that half the men and a quarter of the women masturbated at least once in the past year, the poor things!
The authors conclude that if grandma or grandpa is fit and happening, and is not a diabetic, chances are he or she is hitting the sack for the right reasons!
Women are less likely than men to have a spousal or other intimate relationship and to be sexually active.
Yeah, and a couple of years later, they will publish another landmark paper in the NEJM that this truism is valid for sexually active women between 7 and 77, as well.
Sexual problems are frequent among older adults, but these problems are infrequently discussed with physicians.
Not me! I am a surgeon, and more likely to chop your stuff off if you complain too much, but you can tell me whatever you want!