While it's true that aging does bring with it some physical and psychological changes that can affect your ability and desire to have sex, your sex drive won't disappear entirely as you get older.
Most people experience reduced levels of testosterone as they age. (Testosterone is what gives you your sex drive). However, according to the Mayo Clinic, "most aging men and women produce enough testosterone to maintain their interest in sex."
A survey conducted by the National Council on the Aging found that almost half of people over the age of 60 were having regular sex. What's more, 39 percent wished they were having more sex and 43 percent said that sex is just as good, if not better, than it was when they were younger [source: Leary]. So think about those numbers the next time you worry your sex drive will wane with age.
For more myths about aging, move on to the next page.
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