PETALING JAYA: Malaysian women above 40 have more sex, especially after menopause, says Professor Dr George Lee.
The Kuala Lumpur Gleneagles Hospital consultant urologist said that women over 40 have sex an average of eight times a month compared to those below 40 who engage in sex an average of six times a month.
He explained that among the reasons was because post menopausal women did not need to worry about unwanted pregnancy.
"So often, men do not want to wear condoms, and women do not want to be on the (birth control) pill because they are afraid of gaining weight. These factors eventually makes sex a little bit 'risky'.
"Therefore in order to overcome the situation, most couples just avoid sex altogether, and that is what happens to so many middle-aged couples here in Malaysia," he said
during a talk titled "What The Fact of Sexual Habits" on Friday.
He said that although people assume that women no longer have sex after menopause, that is actually when their sex life gets enhanced.
"Once women have reached menopause, they are more confident. They let go and they enjoy sex a lot more," he added.
He said that women who are older also tend to have lesser things to worry about, in turn allowing them time for themselves and sex.
"In a study we did on the ranking of sex on the list of life priorities, it was found that women ranked sex as number 14 out of 17, with 17 being the least important.
"This is a complete contrast to men who rate it as eight out of 17," he added.
Dr Lee explained that this was because in general, women worried more than men.
"They think about money, their children, the house, what to cook, and so it (sex) just gets neglected.
"So once they are older, the children are in university and house and finances are better settled, it is just easier for them to enjoy sex," he added.