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Study: Older women have stronger libidos

October 8, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Are so-called "cougars" a pop culture fad or the start of a new sexual revolution?"My drive now is stronger than it was at 18," said Teresa Schroeder.

Forty-year-old Teresa Schroeder's seen a boost and she's not alone. A new study finds women aged 27 to 45 are more sexual than those 18 to 26. That includes being receptive to more fantasies, and more casual sex.

"There are multiple different studies out there looking at this issue," said Dr. Jennifer Landa of BodyLogic.

Dr. Landa, a hormone expert, is skeptical. Nearly 30 percent of women over 40 report low a libido, proving it is natural to be on when we're younger.

"In our 20s, there's this 'urge to merge' that makes it real strong. We don't have to do a lot for it to happen," said Dr. Landa.

Images of older, more sexual women in pop culture may be having an impact. A new AARP study finds 34 percent of female respondents over 40 are dating younger men.

"It's easier to start looking at yourself as a person again, instead of the mother and the wife," said Schroeder. "You're looking at yourself as a woman."

Dr. Landa says Schroeder is the exception to the rule. Most women need to de-stress their lives and re-balance their hormones to hit full throttle again.

"The older you get the more confident you are in yourself," said Schroeder.

But if you've lost that spark, Dr. Landa says you can regain your appetite by eating foods that provide nutrients for more sexual vitality which include asparagus, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, peas, and yams.

Schroeder is happy, proving you don't always need research to tell you what works.

But new numbers show the rates of sexually transmitted disease have more than doubled among people ages 45 and older in the last 10 years.


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