Guess what guys? You don’t have to worry about being the only fellow who gives it up because he can’t get it up at a certain age. You have plenty of company, if recent surveys are accurate.
And if you’re a white guy who thinks the black dude down the street is getting more goodies in the sack than you, well think again. He likely struggles more than you do with sexual activities.
A large survey released January Christmas Day was quite a gift for men. This survey was funded by the National Institutes of Health and involved men ages 57 to 85 who were asked about their sexual problems. Although the media has shown that men can have healthy sex lives into their 80’s, there are wide differences in ability and performance involving age and racial groups.
Some of the findings had predictable conclusions. For example, the research survey found that older men have difficulty getting and sustaining erections. Men in the age group from 75 to 85 were 2.4 times more likely to report the inability to have an organism and 1.9 times more difficulty to sustain an erection than men in the age group from 57 to 64. There was, however, no diminution in sex interest with the increase in age. The study also found that those not getting much sex were likely not to have positive experiences than decreased sexual interest. In fact Randy Fagin, a urologist at the Prostate Center of Austin, was quoted in an article reporting the study that there is truth to the statement “use it or lose it.” The study also found that the higher the rate of satisfaction in a relationship, the more quality there is in the sexual performance. That would be easy to figure.
But there were surprising findings that might bury long-held notions and biases about sex and performance. For example, married men have more bad sex than single men. Divorced or separated men reported more sexual anxiety, however. Getting a sexually-transmitted disease can also affect long-term performance, especially if the urinary tract is involved. Mental health can significantly affect male sex life, with depressed men experiencing half again more difficulty having an orgasm or maintaining an erection than men who said they were not depressed.
Now if you’re one of those people who thinks that black men have more fun and nerds don’t get any, these results will surprise you. Black men report three times the number of sexual problems than white men. The more education a man has the more pleasurable sex becomes, so the nerd is having more of a good time than the jock perhaps. Doing the “gay” thing as a way to satisfy curiosity didn’t heighten sexual interest but dampened it.
Those guys who missed out on the survey and want to check themselves out by way of comparison can take an online survey now. It is at Sexnowsurvey Readers can then report back here and tell us how they did.