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Although it may seem awkward, couples are practically being forced to pencil in time for intimacy. When you’re working 12-15 hours daily, it’s easy to become too tired or too stressed to engage in intimacy with your spouse. Penciling in time for intimacy is no different than scheduling a highly anticipated vacation with your spouse.
“I frequently see a lot of very young couples who are working 14- and 15-hour days and they’re wondering why they’re not having sex,” Janice Epp, Ph.D., dean of the Institute for Advanced Studies of Human Sexuality in San Francisco said. “And the couples in their 50s, 60s, and 70s are not used to looking at sex as valuable. They’ve had all these years of putting sex behind everything else. You have to be willing to make it a priority.”
According to a 2010 Kinsey Institute report, 22 percent of married women between the ages of 50 and 59 had not had sex at all in the previous year and 20.6 percent of married men in the same age group reported being in a sexless marriage. With the sway in the aforementioned numbers, apparently the men in the survey sought sex outside of their marriage and/or the women are carrying their affairs to their grave. “Sex is perfectly natural but it’s not always naturally perfect,” said Epp.