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Midlife & Sex Issue

Midlife and Sex, the highs & the lows!


If you're a woman in midlife who is experiencing low libido, research shows you are far from alone.

Jean Hailes specialist Dr Rosie Worsley, was surprised by the findings. "We know from previous research that it's a common problem, but it was a big number to see," she says. "It's clearly a concern for a lot of women."

Hello Sirens, we hope this message finds you thriving!

Welcome to our midlife and sex edition. For the last two Re-defining Ageing event, we've had feedback that you want to talk about sex. Particularly sex in midlife. So we thought we'd dedicate a whole edition to the subject.

Your sex drive can change a lot throughout your life. There are so many factors can affect it, such as relationship strain, the work-life juggle, financial pressures or looking after family. So it's not surprising that, for many women, sex can easily slip off the radar. And if you're a woman in midlife who is experiencing low libido, research shows you are far from alone.

In a study led by Professor Susan Davis at Monash University's Women's Health Research Program, almost 70% of women aged 40-65 years old reported experiencing low libido. An author of the Bupa-funded study, Jean Hailes specialist Dr Rosie Worsley, was surprised by the findings. "We know from previous research that it's a common problem, but it was a big number to see," she says. "It's clearly a concern for a lot of women."

Low libido, sexually related personal distress and hypo-active sexual desire dysfunction (HSDD) are relatively new areas of research, but have emerged as major issues affecting women around midlife.

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