It’s a myth that older people no longer want or need a sex life. Sexuality doesn’t just disappear as you age and it’s perfectly natural to have sexual desires.
A recent report by the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing found that two-thirds of men and women aged 50 – 90 years old said that sex was an important part of a relationship. They also found that people are still sexually active into their 80s and 90s.
However, sex in later life may be different to when you were younger and it can be especially daunting to consider starting a sexual relationship with a new partner whether you are divorced or bereaved, dating again after a long time, or dating for the first time.
You or your partner may be experiencing physical changes which affect your ability, or desire, for sex. But getting older doesn’t mean giving up on sex, although you may need to make some adjustments.
However, some of the same advice applies as when you were young - don’t ever feel pressured into something you’re not comfortable with. And don’t forget to take steps to keep safe and avoid sexually transmitted infections. See our sexual health section for more information.