A Guide on Sexual Health and Aging

by Lady V

The aging process often contributes to a lack of sexual interest and activity among older people. This lack of intimacy can cause severe strain in any relationship and may cause partners to lose interest in each other. This article promotes better sexual health during old age by providing information and tips on how older people can still have a fulfilling sex life despite their age.

In most movies and television shows, scenes that are sexual in nature often show young and smooth-skinned people having sex. But age is not a reason to let your sex life slide. Intimacy with your partner is an essential part of any relationship whether you are in your 20’s or 50’s. Aside from boosting your personal relationship with your partner, sex also promotes better sexual health – a must regardless of your age. Here are some tips that can help you age gracefully, sexually:

1. Accept the changes in your body and strive to improve.

Do not be turned off by the sagging skin on your upper arms or your protruding belly.  Instead, welcome these changes but do your part in minimizing them. Incorprate an age-specific skin care routine, an exercise or fitness regimen, a healthy diet, and fashion style. Confidence is a prime sexual booster and looking good and being healthy are parts of it. However, accept that you may not be able to fit in the jeans you wore when you were 20 or sport the abs you had back in your college days.  Just strive to be healthy and feel good in your own skin.

2. Take note and communicate about your and your partner’s changing sexual needs.

 When youre in your 20’s, you may feel the urge for sex the instant your partner walks through the door. But remember, age does affect your sexual responses and that of your partner. Age can make your body require more stimulation to get aroused or to have an orgasm. Similarly, your partner, provided that he or she is in the same age range, may feel the same needs of longer stimulation to get in the mood. Communicating your sexual needs to each other is important, so you both can pleasure each other.

3.  Expand your definition of sexual relationships.

Actual intercourse can be very tiring especially if you have aching joints. Understand that intercourse is only one of the ways you can achieve sexual intimacy with your partner, and not the only way. Often, passionate kissing, touching, massaging, and other forms of sexual contact can be fulfilling enough for both partners. 

4. Change your routine.

If you and your partner have been having sex after a long day at work for the past 10 years, you might want to consider morning sex as an alternative. A simple change in routine can spice up your sex life and start making things exciting again. Alternatively, instead of jumping onto the sack instantly, try setting the mood with a romantic dinner and some and some soft music. 

5. Consult your doctor.

Sometimes, the changes your body undergoes may be too severe that they can impair your sexual performance. Surgeries, chronic illnesses, and medications can affect how your body responds to sexual stimulation. Talk to your doctor about the possible side effects of the medications you are taking regarding your sex drive and response. Likewise, a lengthy discussion about chronic illnesses like high blood pressure, heart problems, and their effects on your sex life is also in order to ensure your health safety when doing the deed. Alternatively, you can ask your doctor for a prescription that can help increase your sexual vigor and boost your libido.

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