Women Talk About Sex

Posted on: 26 March 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

Women's Institute members reveal how they keep their love life alive.


A survey has, for the first time, provided a glimpse into the love lives of members of the Women’s Institute.

The survey reveals that for nine out of ten of those responding to the questionnaire (90%), it is important that their partner still finds them sexually attractive, and half of them are having sex at least once a week.  A further three quarters (77%) say they would feel devastated or upset if they never had sex again.

Delving into the love lives of the WI, the survey sponsored by Lilly UK, asked for members’ top tips for keeping a relationship alive. Suggestions ranged from kisses and cuddles, keeping relationships fun, to spontaneous enjoyable sex.

However, for some members sex can be more of a struggle, with three quarters (74%) saying their partners have experienced difficulty in achieving or maintaining an erection at some point. Yet over half (56%) of those polled would like to have more sex than they are already having.

Dr Miriam Stoppard, sexual health expert says that keeping a loving and sexual relationship with our partners is vital as we get older. 

“As we mature, it’s incredibly important that we stay in touch with both our own, and our partner’s bodies," she says. "Sex is key to ensuring that we remain close, intimate and communicate with one another. However, we must be aware that issues which we may not have experienced as a couple in our younger years can start to play a part in our relationships.”

One such problem is erectile dysfunction (ED), otherwise known as impotence, which affects over 2.3 million men in the UK and becomes more prevalent with age.

More than a third (37%) of W.I women are unaware that ED can be the first sign of a more serious underlying illness such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure.  Over one third (37%) even felt it was partly their fault if their partner has trouble achieving an erection. 40% of those surveyed said their partner would be willing to try a treatment if it was necessary.

Dr Stoppard explains, “If your partner is suffering from ED, it is vital they are checked out by their doctor, as their condition could be an indicator of another disease. A range of treatment options are available to treat both ED itself and its cause, if necessary.  Your GP will be able to advise you on which treatment is best for you as a couple.”

Further Information

For free and confidential information on erection problems contact:

LoveLifeMatters (for women with a partner who has ED) call 08000 922412 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            08000 922412      end_of_the_skype_highlighting, or visit www.lovelifematters.co.uk

ManMatters (for men with ED) call 08000 961184 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            08000 961184      end_of_the_skype_highlighting, or visit www.manmatters.co.uk

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