The perils of dating over 40

The perils of dating over 40

We surveyed 2,000 over-40’s about their dating behaviour and uncovered some surprising facts about what this age group get up to when they’re single and ready to mingle.

Almost half have used a dating app

Since turning 40, 42% had used a dating app to try to find their perfect partner. This was most common in those aged 40-45, and least common for singles aged 66 and older. Plenty of Fish came out as the most popular dating app across all age ranges, followed by Match, eHarmony and Tinder.

Unprotected sex is common practice

Nearly half of singles over 40 are having regular unprotected sex, mainly because they don’t worry about unplanned pregnancies or sexually transmitted infections (STIs) at their age. But they really should because two in 100 have had an STI in later life, and there is a growing body of evidence to say that STIs are on the increase in this older age group.

And three in 100 have had an unplanned pregnancy, with the Office for National Statistics (ONS) confirming that fertility rates for women over 40 now exceed that of women under 20 for the first time since 1947.

Jane Devenish, Pharmacist at Well Pharmacy, agreed that “Practising safe sex is just as important for people over 40 as it is for younger people, and with evidence that STIs are on the increase in the UK, we would advise people actively dating at any age to use condoms to protect themselves against STIs and unplanned pregnancies”.

Erectile dysfunction is one of the top barriers to finding love The study identified some major barriers to finding love over 40, with lack of body confidence (55%), family baggage (54%), ability to meet similar single people my age (47%), health conditions (42%), and erectile dysfunction (24%) coming out on top.

Other obstacles making dating more difficult later in life included high pressure careers (17%) and incontinence (17%) – the latter being more of an issue for those 66+.

A third have experienced erectile dysfunction since turning 40 30 per cent of over 40s have had a sexual encounter where either they or their partner experienced erectile dysfunction (also known as ‘ED’ or ‘impotence’), with a quarter believing that erectile dysfunction makes dating more difficult for older people.

Jane said “Our research revealed the serious impact erectile dysfunction can have, with 42% of people in relationships having less or no sex with their partner. 40% of singles admitted it made them feel anxious about having sex, and 25% had less body confidence as a result of the experience”.

More than two thirds of adults over 40 believe impotence is caused by stress or anxiety, with an equal number pinning the blame on drinking too much alcohol. Over half reckoned it’s the side effect of taking medication and 44% said it’s a result of old age.

Jane explains that “Contrary to popular belief, old age does not cause impotence. Many men experience occasions when they struggle to get or maintain an erection, and this is usually due to stress, tiredness or drinking too much, and is nothing to worry about.

“However, if erection problems keep on happening, it could be a sign of an underlying health condition such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol or even diabetes, and we would recommend that you get checked out by a healthcare professional”.

Only 17% had tried Viagra with a sexual partner

Despite a third having experienced erectile dysfunction, only 17% had tried Viagra. Viagra Connect is effective for around 74% of men with the condition, and it is now available without prescription from pharmacies across the UK, either in-store or online.

So don’t let erectile dysfunction get in the way of you finding love! It is that common, it does happen to many men, and there is an effective treatment available. For an easy, safe, hassle-free solution, order Viagra Connect delivered discreetly to your door through geteddie.co.uk.

(You can even add on some condoms at check-out for safer dating).

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