“Some of the prior studies had suggested that sex goes downhill and all women lose interest in sex as they get older,” Thomas said. For example, more highly educated women may have higher incomes and feel more stable in their lives with less stress. “I can’t tell you enough about the impact of anxiety and stress on sex,” Faubion said. “Then there’s what society teaches us about aging women,” Faubion said. Faubion added, “Bottom line: Women should talk to their providers if they’re having concerns about their sexual health.