According to Statistics Canada, the older a single person is, the less likely he or she is to use a condom when having sex. What’s more, between 1997 and 2007, sexually transmitted infection rates rose faster for middle-aged Canadians than for their younger peers.
- Why are older people playing fast and loose with the prophylactics?
- Is buying condoms embarrassing for mature adults?
- Are conversations about expectations between the sheets more difficult if you get back in the dating game in mid life?
Dr. Robin Milhausen, associate professor of family relations and human sexuality at the University of Guelph in Ontario, studies these, and other, issues.
Dr. Milhausen completed her PhD in Applied Health Science at Indiana University. Her dissertation research focused on factors that inhibit and enhance sexual arousal in men and women. Her current research interests include gender and sexuality, sexual problems and the experience of sexual pleasure, sexual and relationship satisfaction in couples, and condom use errors and problems. She edits the newsletter Sexual Science and was a co-host on the Life Network’s Sex, Toys & Chocolate show.
If you have questions or comments about sexual relations in older adulthood, join the live online discussion here on July 7 at 1 p.m. ET.
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Please note: Dr. Milhausen is a social scientist and will not answer medical questions.
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Sexuality over 40