It’s not true that sex has to expire as you get older

Just because you are getting older, it doesn’t mean that your sex life has to suffer unduly. As we age, our bodies change, and some of these changes may affect our sex lives. This can lead to making sex less enjoyable, or having difficulties with sexual arousal.

Communicating with your partner and having a frank, open discussion about the sexual issues and concerns, can be a big step forward to help solve the problems.

Taking care of your overall health can also help you maintain an active sex life as you get older.

Some age-related changes in sexual health

Growing older will inevitably lead to body changes, and sexual health may be compromised by certain conditions.

Here are some of them:

  • In women, hormonal changes after menopause or a hysterectomy, may cause the vagina to become narrower, and less lubricated, making sex uncomfortable for both partners.
  • In men, getting older often presents an increased risk of erectile dysfunction because of falling testosterone levels.
  • Health problems are more common as one ages, and some age-related conditions can also affect sexual satisfaction in both men and women. These include: arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, chronic pain, and stroke.
  • Possible psychological issues of getting older may make sex less enjoyable for some people.

Most of these conditions, if they are not too deep-seated, can be successfully treated and managed, to keep your sexuality alive for a long time to come.

Solving sexual health issues

Nobody can stop the aging process. At best, with diet, lifestyle changes, and good health you may only slow it down a bit. There are however, many ways to preserve your sexual health as you get older.

  • Always pay attention to your overall health. Get regular medical check-ups, exercise moderately on a daily basis, eat a healthy diet, cut down on smoking and alcohol intake.
  • Reducing stress can help you keep your sex-life active and satisfying.
  • An important part of sexual health is communicating well with your partner about his or her sexual desires, or concerns.
  • Get involved in social activities at your community centre, and meet new people as often as you can.
  • Cultivate good lifestyle habits, improve your diet, lose some weight if you need to, cut down smoking, and reduce alcohol intake as well. Contrary to popular belief, alcohol is not an aphrodisiac.

Maintaining a healthy sex life

No matter what your age, if you have a sexual problem that you are concerned about, pay a visit to the doctor to discuss the hassles.

It might involve treating an underlying health problem, or something quite simple like adjusting blood pressure medication, diabetes drugs, or even antidepressants, which can help with a sexual dysfunction like impotence or low libido.

It could also be that you require hormonal treatment to get your sexual hormones back on track. A simple blood test by the doctor will reveal the status of your hormonal health, and appropriate treatment will be recommended.

If there are no health or medication problems, a number of successful, natural ways to treat sexual issues people may experience as they age, is available.

There is no cut-off age to enjoy sex. Don’t assume that your sexual health disappears with age like mist in the wind. With the right attitude you can remain sexually active for a long while yet.

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April 18, 2017

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