Hinchliff, who has spoken with women who share this sentiment. However, only a fraction of the research has explored sexuality in the later years of life. This idea is largely mythical. Sexuality encompasses sex, gender identities and roles, sexual orientation, eroticism, pleasure, intimacy and reproduction and what we think, feel and believe about them. It can also be affected, of course, by illness, aches and pains, complications of surgical procedures or certain other physical problems that accompany the aging process. In actuality, sexual desire depends more on a state of mind and emotional attitudes than on one's chronological age. When researchers did discuss sexuality more broadly, many referred to sexuality as the domain of the young, and emphasised this was a major barrier to the study of sexuality in older adults. They talked about this in relation to no longer fearing an unintended pregnancy, feeling more comfortable with their bodies, and being more sexually experienced," explained Dr. Like the young, older people experience the full range of human feelings and emotions. By the late s, there was a strong focus on the biological aspects of ageing. As the younger generations that hold more liberal attitudes about sex come of age, attitudes about sex and the elderly will undoubtedly evolve. In fact, a recent British study shows that a significant number of older people remain sexually active well into their 80s. These ageist attitudes can have an impact on older adults not only in their personal lives, but also in relation to their health needs. The longevity of sexual interest can sometimes mean that older unmarried or widowed persons may find themselves facing a severe struggle to control their desires. Different forms of expression may be appropriate at different phases in the development of the relationship — in youth and old age, in times of stress and times of joy, during pregnancy, childbirth and child-rearing, during and after menopause — the list could go on and on.