Desire is Not Required for Sexual Satisfaction, Study Reports

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A woman's sexual satisfaction does not require high levels of sexual desire--and in fact, does not require sexual activity at all, according to a new study that finds rates of sexual satisfaction highest among the youngest and oldest women it surveyed.

The study, which included more than 800 women between age 40 and 100, found that those under 55 and those over 80 were most likely to declare themselves satisfied with their sex lives, even among women who did not report high levels of sexual desire. So as long as women are willing to be sexual, even without the overt feeling of "desire" (however they define it), many find that they enjoy satisfying sex in their lives. 

This is why willingness is an important first criteria for sexual intimacy. For many people, being willing to be sexually intimate allows them to have fulfilling sexual lives, and means that voracious sexual drive is not a requirement for all. In other words, if you're not "feeling it" but are willing to participate, that's good enough for many people to begin.

View the complete LA Times article here: http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-heb-sexual-satisfaction-age-20120103,0,834747.story

View the complete research paper here: http://www.amjmed.com/article/S0002-9343(11)00655-3/fulltext

Happy reading and reflecting,

Dr. Myrtle