Dating 50 years old
Sexual activity encourages blood flow, which helps keep vaginal tissue healthy and makes it easier to become lubricated.
Without a partner, of course, this means DIY (masturbating).
What's needed is a reasonable balance between old-fashioned stereotypes and modern hype, combined with a new understanding of what sex means to women of "a certain age." By the time they reach their late 40s or early 50s, women should be savvy enough to know that feeling sexy is a state of mind, and that a good man doesn't need a partner to look perfect in lingerie in order for her to be desirable. Women's bodies change as they get older—no matter how much yoga or liposuction they can afford. That's why the vast majority of American women over 45 are either overweight or obese.
In order to enjoy sex, you have to feel that you're sexy.
But now they see female sexual progression as a circle, with many interrelated factors—emotional intimacy, arousal, emotional and physical satisfaction and desire.
Men can take a pill to stay aroused and enjoy sex as they get older, but women's responses are far more complex.
Of course, it's also important to stay as healthy and fit as possible.
No problem—just stick to a careful diet, regular Pilates and the miracles of modern medicine.
At least that's the message we're getting from the recent burst of celebrity cougar mania and new advertising campaigns from pharmaceutical companies promising that hormones will restore our aging bodies to their former glory.
In a 2007 University of Chicago study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, half of sexually active Americans aged 57-85—male and female—reported bothersome sexual problems.
The biggest issue for women is generally the lack of an able partner, usually because of death, divorce or erectile dysfunction (in spite of Viagra).
But even many women with partners struggle to find sexual satisfaction.