Frequent sex in your 60’s is good for female health, for men, it's a completely different story. This week LetsGetChecked discusses sex in your 60s, from a female and male perspective.

New research shows that frequent sex in your 60’s can double the risk of heart attacks in men.


Sex In Your 60s: The Study

Over 2,000 men and women between the ages of 57 and 80 took part in the study at Michigan State University, lead by sociologist Dr Hui Liu. “Older men have more difficulties reaching orgasm for medical or emotional reasons than do their younger counterparts, they may exert themselves to a greater degree of exhaustion and create more stress on their cardiovascular system in order to achieve climax.” Dr Liu said to The Telegraph.

Medicines designed to boost sexual functions might also be a contributing factor as many of them contain testosterone.

Sex in yours 60s: A Male Perspective

Men who enjoy sex the most are more likely to suffer heart conditions than those who were less fond of the activity, The Guardian writes.

For most of us, sex is a natural and enjoyable part of life. It’s something we want to continue with even when our hair is grey and our skin is wrinkly. However, for men, it seems this otherwise enjoyable activity comes with an increased health risk as you enter your late 50s and 60s.

A new study found that men, who enjoy a robust sex life in their later years are twice as likely to suffer heart attacks, strokes or other cardiovascular conditions over the next five years than men who prefer to only sleep in the bedroom. Therefore sex in your 60’s carries a significant risk for men according to the latest research.

Sex in your 60s:A Female Perspective

While the research uncovered bleak realities for men, the story for older women was completely different. The researchers found that having sex often actually decreased older women’s risk of heart conditions partly because it lowered their blood pressure and put the women at ease.

In general, the study showed that sex in your 60’s actually led to older women having less trouble with their health. The women who had active sex lives were happier than the women who withstood sexual activities.

However, the researchers underlined that this only concerned those who practiced safe sex. STIs do not have an age limit, both older and younger people can be infected if they do not take the necessary safety measures. A study from the Glasgow Caledonian University found that older people tend to take fewer precautions before having sex with a new partner and therefore are more at risk of contracting an STI, according to Marie Claire Magazine.

The reason for this was that most people who were having sex with different partners after 40 assumed that their partners had been in long marriages like they had themselves and were less likely to have an STI.

The silver lining

Despite the recent study from the University of Michigan painting a fairly dark picture for older men who enjoy sex, there is a silver lining. Previous studies have found that good, long lasting relationships reduce stress and decrease the risk for heart conditions in both men and women, according to the Huffington Post. This means that older men in good relationships might not have to cut down on sexual activity after turning 60.

Read: What Are The Most Common Symptoms Of STDs?

Written by Hannah Kingston | Approved by Medical Director Dominic Rowley