A New Study Says Women Over 60 Have Orgasms That Are ‘More Satisfying’ Than Ever

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  • A new survey from the Kinsey Institute in partnership with Cosmopolitan found that women over 60 are very into orgasming. Cosmo also did a series on sex after 60 here!

  • 20% of participants said their orgasms are more satisfying than ever before, and 57% said they reach climax with their partners always or almost always.

  • Keep reading to learn how to stay in touch with your pleasure centers and have the best orgasms possible.


Movies, TV, and other stories in entertainment don’t always paint the most accurate picture of sexual pleasure for women after 60. The reality is, though, according to a new study from the Kinsey Institute in partnership with Cosmopolitan, plenty of older women are not only sexually active, but are apparently enjoying the best orgasms of their lives.

The survey tapped a national demographically representative sample of 3,001 U.S. women. Nearly three-quarters of them reported that age has had no negative impact on the quality of their orgasms. 20% said orgasms that are more satisfying than ever before, and 57% said they reach climax with their partners always or almost always. (Hello, wisdom and improved communication!)

The survey also found that nearly 40% of women over 60 are in the mood as often as they were 10 years ago, which is amazing, because orgasms, aside from the obvious, bring so many perks to the table.

As previously reported by Prevention, orgasm benefits include an improved mood, sleep, and body confidence. They can also reduce stress, leave you with a rosy glow, and strengthen both your relationship and pelvic floor. In fact, a study published in 2016 found that the effects of orgasms played a role in partner preferences and building personal connections, thanks to the neurotransmitters that are released at climax.

And while all of this is encouraging info, it’s important to note that everyone’s definition of pleasure is different, because every body is different, so any data on orgasms and the like is, by nature, a bit skewed. Hormone fluctuations that come with age (looking at you, menopause) can also complicate things. We say that to say, if your sex life doesn’t look like the above, don’t be discouraged. If you want it to, however, there are plenty of ways to make it a priority—it’s never too late.

Perhaps start by educating yourself on the best sex positions for maximum pleasure, or invest in a vibrator (which can be used with or without a partner!). If you haven’t already, you can also learn how to find your G-spot for new and elevated sensation. Just remember that everyone achieves orgasm differently—for example, a 2018 study found that only 18% of participants said penetration alone was enough to get them to the finish line. So, navigating your O—especially with age—will likely take trial and error, and that’s OK. The journey can be just as fun as the destination.

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