I’m Attracted to a Woman Who is 86. Is It Safe for Her to Have Sex?

Dr. Wendy Walsh

Written by: Dr. Wendy Walsh

Dr. Wendy Walsh

Known as America's Relationship Expert, Dr. Wendy Walsh is an award-winning television journalist, radio host & podcaster, and the author of three books on relationships and thousands of print and digital articles. More than 1.5 million people follow her sage advice on social media. She holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and teaches in the Psychology Department at California State University Channel Islands and has been the host of "The Dr. Wendy Walsh Show" on iHeart Radio's KFI AM 640 since 2015. Walsh is also a former Emmy-nominated co-host of "The Doctors," as well as former host of the nationally syndicated show "EXTRA." She was named a Time Magazine Person of the Year in 2017 after speaking out about harassment at a major news network.

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Reader Question:

I am a 63-year-old man and have known a woman for 34 years who is now 86. I am attracted to her and I know she is even more so to me. I would really love to get involved with her, as crazy as that may seem.

I want to know if it is safe for her to engage in intercourse at her advanced age. I dearly want sex with her, even regularly if possible, but NOT at the risk of her health. She is in good health as far as I know.

Is there any chance of me hopping into her bed and giving her all I have to offer?

-Jim (Minnesota)

Dr. Wendy Walsh’s Answer:

Dear Jim,

I study psychology, not anatomy. But I will tell you that research supports the fact plenty of people of both genders have a healthy sex life well into their 90s.

My suggestion is to talk to her about it. If you can’t talk about sex, then you shouldn’t be doing it.

And if there are medical questions, she should ask her doctor. Good luck to you two.

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