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Sex at Every Age

For many, sex keeps getting better with age. Test your sex smarts to see if you know the reasons why.

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Sex at Every Age
Sex at Every Age
Question 1 of 20 Correct

What's the most common sexual problem among women at any age?

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The correct answer is: Research shows that the most common sexual problem among women is lack of desire. Inability to orgasm comes in second.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

According to the 2010 National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior, women in their 20s are less able to orgasm than their older counterparts. Why?

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The correct answer is: Orgasm difficulties in twentysomething women are associated with the so-called Sexual Inhibition System, or SIS, responding to too many things. If your SIS has learned to put on the brakes in response to worries about body image and performance, these worries can delay or prevent arousal and orgasm.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

What is a big sex-drive stopper in women in their 20s?

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The correct answer is: The Pill and other hormonal birth control methods affect hormone levels. Some hormonal birth control methods suppress the usual cyclical nature of our hormones and may affect desire and sexual functioning.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

At what age do men reach their sexual peak?

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The correct answer is: Men reach their sexual peak in their late teens and early 20s.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

At what age do women reach their sexual peak?

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The correct answer is: Women reach their sexual peak in their late 30s or early 40s.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

There are a lot of thirtysomething mommies out there. What's the biggest reason that interest in sex seems to take a nose dive after the little bundle of joy comes?

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The correct answer is: Hormones, hormones, hormones. It makes sense: The hormone levels that skyrocketed during pregnancy now plummet, taking your sex drive with them. If you’re breastfeeding, your libido can take another hit as your body starts releasing prolactin, a hormone associated with decreased sexual desire. Once you finish nursing and your hormone levels even out, your libido should return.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

True or false: 50 percent of men experience the same or heightened sexual desire with age.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Although most men experience declines in sex function over the years, sex drive is another story. Research shows that for about 50 percent of men, sex drive remains the same or grows even greater with age.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

What percentage of guys over 40 have trouble getting or keeping an erection?

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The correct answer is: Forty percent of guys over 40 sometimes have trouble getting or keeping an erection firm enough and long-lasting enough for sexual satisfaction.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

True or false: Some women in their 40s actually experience more intense orgasms as they age.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Growing older tends to be associated with a significant drop in sex drive, but research suggests that some women may actually experience more frequent and more intense orgasms as they age. And after menopause— without the risk of an unplanned pregnancy—many women find they enjoy sex more fully and freely than ever before.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

Vaginal dryness and discomfort due to perimenopause in 40-something women may put a damper on bedroom bliss. What can women use to help?

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The correct answer is: Obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. Evelyn Minaya recommends all of the above to combat discomfort stemming from perimenopause.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

How many women complain of painful intercourse?

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The correct answer is: One in five women has problems ranging from a burning sensation and vaginal muscle spasms to dryness that makes penetration hurt.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

Enlarged prostate -- common in men in their 50s and 60s -- has been linked to erectile problems. What food can men eat to keep their prostate from becoming enlarged?

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The correct answer is: A compound in avocado called beta-sitosterol has been shown to decrease BPH. The major benefits: smaller prostate size and fewer nighttime awakenings for urinating. Saw palmetto is another source of beta-sitosterol.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

What's the only predictor of an active sex life in old age for couples who are physically fit?

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The correct answer is: For couples where both partners remain physically active, the only predictor of an active sex life as you age is an active sex life in your forties and fifties. By that time, sex has already gone out of many relationships. But if you make it to forty with a good sex life, you are statistically set for the long haul.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

Because menopause drastically reduces testosterone and estrogen, women in their 50s typically have a lower sex drive. What foods can increase a woman's libido?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Pumpkin seeds and oysters contain zinc, the ultimate sex mineral. Studies show that women with a greater sex drive have higher levels of testosterone—and zinc boosts testosterone production. Celery contains androsterone, a pheromone precursor. Once "smelled," pheromones can subconsciously affect the behavior of the receiving mate.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

Which of the following things can contribute to a poor sex life in your 50s?

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The correct answer is: Factors inhibiting great sex include obesity, high blood sugar and clogged arteries. Getting half an hour of daily exercise and eating healthy foods helps.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

Weakening pelvic-floor muscles can make sex less pleasurable for men and women as they age. What can men and women do?

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The correct answer is: Strengthen your pelvic muscles by doing Kegel exercises every day. While these exercises are especially recommended for women, they can benefit men, too.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

In aging men, erectile difficulties often are caused by a combination of lack of testosterone and…

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The correct answer is: Nitric oxide, a chemical produced by healthy blood vessels, plays a large role in maintaining erections. The same factors that increase heart disease risk -- high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes -- reduce nitric oxide levels, making erections more difficult.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

How often do sexually active older couples typically have intercourse?

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The correct answer is: Sexually active older couples have sex about six times a month, a frequency that continues into their nineties!

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

For women, which kind of arousal is most likely to be affected by age?

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The correct answer is: Not every woman feels all three kinds of arousal, but one is most likely to be affected by age: bodily responses, such as vaginal lubrication and swelling of the vulva.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

Which of the following medications can improve a woman's sex life?

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The correct answer is: There's no Viagra-like pill for women, at least not yet. But all of these drugs can help. Estrogen tablets, creams or rings often relieve symptoms associated with menopause. Testosterone gels or creams increase sexual desire and satisfaction in women after menopause. Some studies show that bupropion increases desire, arousal and orgasm. Others credit its benefits to the placebo effect.

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