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Older women 'having more sex'
July 5, 2006 - 12:14AM


Australian women in their late 40s and early 50s are having more sex than younger women, many of whom say they're in the grip of a sexual drought.

A new survey of 659 women, conducted by independent researcher MarketTools, found 73 per cent of women aged between 45 and 54 were having sex at least twice a week.

But younger women weren't doing so well.

More than 30 per cent of women aged 35 to 44, and 28 per cent of those aged 25 to 34, said they were experiencing a "sexual drought".

The survey also found that 58 per cent of women aged 18 to 24 were having sex twice a week, while 27 per cent said their weekly "count" stood at around four.

West Australians appeared to be the most sexually active, with 61 per cent of the state's women having sex twice or more a week.

Queenslanders and Victorians were the second most active, with 54 per cent saying they "go at it" more than twice a week.

They were followed by women from South Australia (53 per cent) and NSW (51 per cent).

Of those who said they were in a "drought", only 15 per cent of West Australians said they weren't having sex, compared to 23 per c, compared to 23 per cent of South Australians, 29 per cent of Queenslanders, 30 per cent of Victorians and 31 per cent of women from NSW. No figures were compiled for Tasmania or the territories.

Sexologist Stacey Demarco said it was clear women who were child rearing or in the middle of building careers were too exhausted "to get in the mood".

"However, there is hope for those over 45 and under 54," she said.