-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Most campaigns designed
to educate people about their sexual health target younger
generations, excluding a large number of sexually active women over
the age of 50 who need and want this information, a new study
Researchers from the University of Florida revealed that
although older women are aware of the risks for sexually
transmitted diseases, they are not comfortable asking their doctor
questions about their sexual health.
The study, published in a special issue of the
Journal of Consumer Affairs, concluded the communication between women over the age of 50 and their physicians needs improvement. Study author Cynthia Morton and her colleagues pointed out that many health professionals mistakenly think older women already have all the information they need.
On the contrary, the study revealed older women need information
on how to discuss safe sex practices with their partners. Although
they know why safe sex is important, they may avoid talking about
condoms with their partners to avoid conflict or rejection, the
"The findings generated from our research offer a rich foundation for better understanding the motivations and concerns that influence senior-aged women's attitudes about dating at their present stage of life," Morton stated in a journal news release.
Older women, the study authors added, would like to know how to
better communicate their sexual health concerns to their
The study concluded this new insight into older women's sexual
health concerns should prompt the development of social marketing
campaigns to help women receive the information they want on sexual
The U.S. National Library of Medicine provides more information
sexual problems in women.
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