Middle-aged U.S. residents are generally less satisfied with their sex lives than other age groups, according to an AP/LifeGoesStrong poll, the AP/Google News reports. The findings indicate "a stark turnaround" for the generation that "spearheaded the sexual revolution" and came of age as premarital sex became more acceptable, birth control became widely available and abortion was legalized, according to the AP/Google News.

The poll of 945 people ages 45 through 65 found that 24% said they are dissatisfied with their sex lives, while only 7% said they are extremely satisfied sexually. By comparison, 12% of 18- to 29-year-olds said they were dissatisfied, while 20% of 30- to 44-year-olds and 17% of respondents older than age of 65 said so.

Problems with sexual performance and mismatched expectations between the sexes could contribute to baby boomers' lack of satisfaction, according to the poll. Half of men in the age group said their partners were not interested in sex often enough, while only 17% of women responded that their partners wanted too little sex. In terms of sexual functioning, two in five male baby boomers reported difficulty, compared with 19% of women in the same age group. Less than half of respondents of both sexes have sought treatment (AP/Google, 11/22).

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