Sexually active midlife women continue to have sex

By Ronnie Cohen NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Most women who are sexually active when they enter middle age continue to engage sexually as they grow older, even if they were diagnosed with sexual dysfunction, new research shows. “There’s this popular public perception that as women age, sex becomes unimportant, and that women just stop having sex as they get older,” lead author Dr. Holly Thomas told Reuters Health. “It may be detrimental to label a woman as sexually dysfunctional,” said Thomas, from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Psychologists and doctors have been debating the value of diagnosing women with sexual dysfunction since soon after the 1998 release of the erectile-dysfunction pill Viagra set off a search for a female version of the blockbuster drug.
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