A latest men's health survey has revealed that men over 50 are more satisfied with their sex life than men in their 30s or 40s. Their level of satisfaction approximates to that reported by 20-29 year-olds. The results of this interesting study are published in the February issue of BJU International.
The survey has been conducted among 1, 185 Norway men ranged between 20 and 79 years of age. The study participants were questioned regarding several aspects involving their sex life, sex drive (libido), ejaculation and ability to sustain an erection. The reports were recorded on a scale from 0- 4, with 4 representing good sexual function and satisfaction. Men in their twenties ranked first in terms of their sex life, with their overall sexual satisfaction approximating to 2.79 and were soon followed by men in their 50s with a score of 2.77.
Surprisingly, men in their 30s and 40s had lower scores of 2.55 and 2.72 respectively. Men in their 60 and 70s obtained the lowest ranks with corresponding scores of 2.46 and 2.14. Although many studies have demonstrated the progressive difficulty in erection, ejaculation and lowered sex drive with advancing age, no definitive link could be established between overall sexual satisfaction and age.
Turing on to the other side of the questionnaire, progressive decline in the sexual function was noticed with increase in age. In other words, older men had more sex related problems (reduced sex drive, satisfaction with erection and ejaculation) than younger men.
In addition to the above findings, 80% of the participants were either married or involved in a sexual relationship. Nearly 57% reported of having sexual intercourse in the last 30 days. The percentage of people who were on medication for diabetes, anxiety, depression and erectile dysfunction was 25% overall.
The results of the study probably highlight the fact that sexual satisfaction is independent of sexual function. The relatively high incidence of sex related problems in older men do not necessarily mean that they are unhappy about their sex life.