Survey: One in five Sacramento middle-aged adults didn’t have sex last year

Published: Monday, Sep. 9, 2013 - 12:00 am
Last Modified: Monday, Sep. 9, 2013 - 5:32 pm

Roughly 150,000, or one in five, Sacramento-area middle-aged adults did not have sex during the last 12 months, according to the results of a new UCLA health survey.

The trend varied widely by marital status. About half of widowed, divorced or separated Sacramentans between 40 and 64 didn’t have sex in the last 12 months. And nearly three-quarters of never-married middle-aged Sacramentans in that age group didn’t have sex.

About 7 percent, or one in 15, of Sacramentans between 40 and 64 were in sexless marriages during the last year.

The propotion of middle-aged adults not having sex has increased in the last decade from about 17 percent in 2003 to 21 percent in 2012. Some of that may be due to the recession. Unemployed, middle-aged Sacramento residents were about twice as likely to not have sex last year than those with a job.

The survey showed a correlation between mental health and lack of sex. About 15 percent of local, middle-aged residents who didn’t have sex had serious pyschological distress in the past year, compared to 5 percent of those who had sex.

Sexual activity decreases with age. Roughly 40 percent of seniors between 65 and 79 didn’t have sex last year.

Those results were drawn from the California Health Interview Survey, a poll of roughly 50,000 Californians conducted in 2011 and 2012. The poll covers topics including medical diagnoses, emotional well-being, insurance coverage and access to care.

This chart shows the proportion of Sacramento area residents who did not have a sexual partner in the last 12 months by age group.

Read more articles by Phillip Reese

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