The Takeaway: Older Women Satisfied With Sex Lives; Would You Use $1 Coins?

Not Fade Away: 'Sexual desire disorder' is supposed to be a major problem amongst older women in America, at least if you believe television sitcoms, a handful of studies and the companies marketing products designed to improve older women's sex lives. But a large new study finds women in their 50s, 60s and even 70s are still having sex, satisfied with their sex lives and, if anything, want it a little more often, please.

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The study, based on data from the Women's Health Initiative and published in the journal Menopause, found that 60 percent of women age 50-59, about 50 percent of women in their 60s and 28 percent of those in their 70s were sexually active. Of the 27,347 women surveyed, about two-thirds said they are satisfied with their current sex lives.

Among those who were dissatisfied, 57% said they preferred more sexual activity. For those women who were not sexually active, the most common cause was lack of a partner, not disinterest or personal health problems.

Speaking of women and sex ... yesterday marked the 40th anniversary of that landmark book on women's sexuality and sexual health, Our Bodies, Ourselves. It was first published by the Boston Women's Health Collective in 1971.

Dollar Coin Comeback? Your average dollar bill has a total lifespan of about 3 years. Several members of Congress are suggesting phasing out fragile $1 bills-prone to tearing, fading and generally wearing out-and replacing them with coins, which last much longer. Coin advocates say the move could save the government up to $5.5 billion (coins, cash or pretend government money, I presume) over the next three decades.

But if Congress wants to save money on money, there's no reason to stop at the dollar bill," the LA Times says. "The U.S. Treasury has been nickel-and-dimed for years on the production of nickels and, well, pennies, both of which cost more to produce than they're worth."

Would you prefer $1 coins to $1 bills?

Friday Quick Hits: 

  • Medicare alert: Enrollment starts early this year. The seven-week open enrollment period begins Oct. 15 and ends at midnight on Dec. 7-a deadline three weeks earlier than in previous years.
  • Heart disease rates are finally dropping in the United States! The CDC says the overall rate of coronary heart disease in the U.S. fell from 6.7% in 2006 to 6% in 2010; the rate is significantly higher for men (7.8%) than for women (4.6%).
  • Republicans unveil their own jobs plan. Los Angeles Times writer Kathleen Hennessey called the plan "was notable not for its fresh policy approach but for its clear admission that the party feared losing the rhetorical fight over job creation."

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