Over-50s reluctant to discuss sexuality

WOMEN older than 50 years are uncomfortable seeking sexual health information from their doctor, research suggests.

In addition, doctors may incorrectly believe women already have the relevant knowledge, and fail to adequately deal with patients’ sexual health issues. 

University of Florida researchers conducted four focus groups with a total of 27 female volunteers over the age of 50 years who were single, sexually active in the past 12 months and actively dating. 

Participants said their doctor did not enquire about their sexual health and, if they did, it was not a genuine attempt to open a conversation.

Most used the internet, women’s magazines and TV personalities for sexual health information, the research found.

Despite knowing about the importance of condoms in avoiding STIs, the women viewed condoms mainly as a means of contraception and tended to avoid negotiations over condom use to deflect