Couples in their 80s are more sexually satisfied than people 30 years younger, a study has found.
A closer emotional bond and growing sexual compatibility are among the reasons why sex gets better as we get older.
Scientists from the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University interviewed more than 7,000 over-50s for the report by the International Longevity Centre UK.
They found that couples in their 80s and 90s are more satisfied in the bedroom than those in their 50s, 60s and 70s, even though they tend to have less sex.
The study said that women, in particular, are more aroused in their 80s than in their 60s or 70s.
The report, “How Long Will I Love You?”, said couples in their 80s can concentrate on each other because they no longer have children at home or parents of their own to look after.
Baroness Sally Greengross, chief executive of the International Longevity Centre, said: “We know that many men and women remain sexually active throughout their lives, and that intimate relationships in later life can continue to have a positive impact on overall health and wellbeing.
“Unfortunately, in 2017 there is still a need to dispel myths around relationships in later life.”
Research author Dr David Lee, of the University of Manchester, said: “We know that positive sexuality and intimacy throughout the life course is linked to higher levels of happiness and wellbeing – irrespective of age.
“Older people have a right to good sexual health care and should be able to easily access joined up services to help them meet that goal.
“Health professionals need to proactively engage with older people to better manage problems that impact on both individuals and couples sexual health and function.
“By normalising conversations around sex and older people, health professionals can help to counter stereotypes and misconceptions around sex in later life, which will ultimately improve public health.”