How your sex life evolves as you age is largely up to you. Your body will change as you get older, and your sexual health will change, too. These changes may require you to adapt. But you can have a healthy, enjoyable sex life — at any age. Sex is an important part of emotional and physical health.
Lee Smith does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Sexual activity is an essential part of intimate relationships, though it tends to decline as people get older. But although research shows that frequency of sexual activity can decrease with age, for many older people, sex still remains an important part of their life. Women were found to be less sexually active as they aged, but studies show that, just like men, many women also want to continue to have sex as they get older.
The need for intimacy is ageless. And studies now confirm that no matter what your gender, you can enjoy sex for as long as you wish. Naturally, sex at 70 or 80 may not be like it is at 20 or 30—but in some ways it can be better.
Sex in later life doesn't need to be different to when you were younger. Many older people enjoy an active sex life, and why not? Your sexual health is an important aspect of your overall wellbeing. Sex releases chemicals, called endorphins, which lift your mood.