In 2013, AARP reported that in a study of over 8,000 people over 50 years old conducted by sociologists Pepper Schwartz, Ph.D., and James Witte, Ph.D., 31% of couples have sex a few times a week, 28% of couples have sex a few times a month, 8% of couples have sex once a month, and 33% of couples rarely or never have sex.
Among people in their 70s, a 2015 study published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior found 33% of sexually active men and 36% of sexually active women had sex at least twice a month. For people in their 80s, 19% of sexually active men and 32% of sexually active women had sex at least twice a month. According to the International Society for Sexual Medicine, a 2010 survey from The Kinsey Institute found almost 25% of partnered women over age 70 had sex more than four times a week.
“Frequency of sex seems to decrease overall as couples age,” Howard says. Though citing the Kinsey study, she adds, “Age is just a number!”
Lauren Fogel Mersy, PsyD, psychologist and AASECT-certified sex therapist, adds: “All aspects of our sexuality can change as we age. Arousal and orgasms might take longer, desire can lower, and sexual frequency can certainly decline, particularly as a relationship matures over years. Of course, this won’t be true for everyone, but it is common.”