Many 50 And Older Say Sex Good For Health

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WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Oct. 12 (UPI) — A U.S. survey of the online dating community catering to singles age 50 and older indicates 97 percent say a sexual relationship is good for their health.

The survey, which polled more than 750 members of OurTime.com, said 70 percent of respondents replied that they feel more comfortable in their bodies now than when they were younger, while 90 percent said they feel good about their body today, giving them the confidence to have sex more regularly.

“Many young people think that once you hit 50, your body image automatically changes and your sex life immediately takes a hit, but this couldn’t be further from the truth,” Dr. Gail Saltz, OurTime.com’s relationship expert and psychiatrist, said in a statement.

The survey indicates:

— 70 percent of those surveyed would be willing to talk candidly about their sexual needs and desires with their potential mate.

— 77 percent feel more comfortable talking about sex than when they were younger.

— 91 percent say sex is more important now that they are near or age 50 or older.

— 65 percent define regular sex as sex with their partner two to three times a week; but 20 percent prefer daily sex.

— 75 percent said they would use protection against sexually transmitted diseases when engaging in sex with a new partner.

No further survey details were provided.

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