Katie Smith. After my 41st birthday, I began to notice a change in myself. I had more energy and felt lighter and happier, but something else was brewing. My libido was suddenly awake again.
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‘A 78-year-old patient said she was having a bit of trouble because her partner was on Viagra’
Medieval female sexuality is the collection of sexual and sensual characteristics identified in a woman from the Middle Ages. Like a modern woman, a medieval woman's sexuality included many different aspects. Sexuality not only included sex, but spread into many parts of the medieval woman's life. Everything in her life ultimately led to marriage, and it was within wedlock that her sexuality developed and took shape into what today could be recognized as a sexual identity. The scope of sexuality for a married woman during the Middle Ages was broader than that of an unmarried woman. While there are many reasons for this, an important one is that the Church only acknowledged the potential for a sexual identity in a woman partaking in sexual intercourse with her husband alone. Outside of marriage, virginity and purity were prized, and sexuality was limited to small displays of beauty, such as embroidered hair coverings or fine clothes. Chastity removed the possibility for any kind of sexual identity as would be seen in the 21st century. Even medical problems related to female organs were disregarded with the understanding that only sexually active women could have them, and even so, help was difficult to find.
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Researchers say psychological reasons as well as physical discomfort deter older women from sexual activity. Women have less sex as they age. Those who are having sex experience less enjoyment from it, too. While previous research has blamed physical issues for the loss of sexual libido and sexual enjoyment, this study concludes that psychological and emotional reasons may be a larger part of the decline than previously thought. About 4, survey responses were included in the analysis. What they found was that the primary reason for absence of sexual activity was the lack of a partner. However, although 65 percent of study participants did have a partner, only 23 percent had been sexually active in the month prior to the study. Other significant reasons mentioned by the study participants included body image concerns, perceived desirability, stress, mood changes, self-confidence, and relationship issues.
Try out PMC Labs and tell us what you think. Learn More. Securing a healthy sexual relationship during middle-agedness would cause new needs and expectations in women, considering the special changes of this period. Therefore, the present study was conducted to determine the sexual needs of middle-aged women.