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Boomers Know More About Sex, But Get Far Less

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MIAMI (CBS4) – Ah, it’s a cruel world sometime.

According to a new poll, the older we get the more we think we know about sex but we get it less often.

According to the AP/LifeGoesStrong.com poll, 59 percent of women (ages 45 to 65) said they think they know all about sex while of 48 percent of men in the same age range exhibited the same amount of confidence.

“Women historically have more resources,” to learn about sex, noted Jennifer Bass, director of communications at the Kinsey Institute for Sex, Gender and Reproduction.

Herbenick said women use their friends to talk about sex more than men do and are more likely to see a counselor or therapist.

“Finding sexual pleasure can be more of a learning process for women,” she said, “women are just more likely to discuss sex in a real way with friends and other women.”

Nearly half of all men of a certain age (45 to 55) said their partners don’t want to have sex as often as they do, while just 13 percent of women in that age group said the same.

“Men certainly do tend to have higher sex drives, as a whole,” Herbenick said.

At that age, she pointed out women tend to be going into menopause, which can have marked impacts on their sex lives, having hot flashes and feeling tired.

Overall, the poll found that baby boomers were unhappiest with their sex lives (24 percent) while 18-29 year olds were the most satisfied; only 12 percent said they were unhappy. Seventy-two percent of men aged 45-65 have fantasized about having sex with someone other than their sexual partner at the time, compared with 48 percent of women.

Sixty two percent of baby boomers said they had had sex for the first time with a partner other than their first spouse, while 35 percent said their first spouse was also their first sexual partner. More baby boomer men, 73 percent, than women, 54 percent, said their first sexual partner was someone other than their first spouse.

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