Couples who feel comfortable about growing older have better sex lives together, according to new research. Many experts have accepted that a positive outlook on ageing can benefit health. Now a study at the University of Missouri has suggested it does the same for sexual drive and satisfaction within relationships. Data from over 1,100 couplea showed those with more positive attitude to ageing had sex more frequently – and enjoyed it more. The link was strong among men and women. It is possible, says lead study author Hanamori Skoblow, “that is people edpect a steep physical decline as an inevitable part of ageing, they could have anticipatory inhibitions”.

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