Many people are under the impression that as you get older, you can’t have an active sex life, but this simply isn’t true. Yes, sex is different in your 70s than it was in your 20s, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be satisfying. Many people enjoy satisfying sex well into their 80s, 90s, and beyond. A healthy sex life has a positive impact on your relationship, your self-esteem, and even your physical health, regardless of age.
Sexual changes with age
As a man, when you age, you can expect to experience some sexual changes. Testosterone levels decline as you get older, and it is common for older men to experience sexual dysfunction. Some sexual changes senior men may experience are short orgasms, more stimulation required for sexual satisfaction, less semen upon ejaculation, and longer time needed to achieve erections and orgasms. Just because you experience these changes, doesn’t mean that sex cannot be pleasurable for you. You simply may need to adjust your expectations and sexual routine to meet the changing needs of your body. If you are concerned about your testosterone levels, contact our men’s health clinic. We may be able to provide testosterone replacement therapy to restore your vitality.
Sexuality and health concerns
As you get older, there are a myriad of reasons why you must pay special attention to your health; add your sex life to that list. If you have a chronic health condition like arthritis or heart disease, sex may be particularly difficult. Other health concerns that could affect sexual function include certain surgeries and medications, including blood pressure medications, antidepressants, and antihistamines. However, if you stay positive and speak with your physician, there are ways to work around these problems. There are many different ways you can remain sexually intimate with your partner. Speak with your physician about your particular health concerns related to sex for tips.
Sexuality and emotions
Additionally, your sex life may be affected by emotional changes as you age. On one hand, you may find sex more satisfying and enjoyable with age. That may be because you have more time on your hands, particularly if you are retired and your children have grown up and left the nest. On the other hand, there are many seniors who are more stressed out as they age, particularly if they face financial troubles and health problems. Depression is a common problem among the senior community, which can result in sexual dysfunction. If you are having problems with emotions and your sexuality, consider talking to a counselor about it.
Maintaining a healthy sex life
Things may have changed over time with your partner, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy sexual intimacy in a new way. To maintain a healthy sex life as you age, be sure to:
- Communicate with your partner. Sexuality can be difficult to discuss, especially if you are feeling self-conscious about your performance, but sharing your sexual concerns and desires is a helpful tool for making sex better.
- Talk to your doctor. Not only does your doctor help you with underlying health concerns that can contribute to your sexual function, they can offer treatments that may help you with any sexual dysfunction.
- Expand your horizons. Sex doesn’t have to solely be about intercourse. There are many ways to be sexually intimate with your partner that may take the pressure off of you to perform in a certain way.
- Switch up your sexual routine. If you are having difficulty with sex, it could simply be an issue of scheduling. If you are used to having sex with your partner at night, improving your sexual function may be as simple as doing it in the morning when you are well-rested instead.
A healthy sex life is an integral part of your overall health, even as you age. When you come into our men’s health clinic, we can offer you guidance on sexual intimacy and function. Contact us to schedule an appointment.