Many married couple are still enjoying an active satisfying sex life, even 65 or older. Then there are others that have stopped that aspect of their marriage. What is normal? What can be expected with aging? Is it right or wrong to be sexually active as seniors? Hopefully you will have the answers now.
Physical and Emotional Changes are Normal With Aging
No matter how you look at it, aging brings physical and emotional changes to both men and women. Sometimes theses changes cause a change in how sex is viewed. Some changes affect the ability to enjoy sex. We need to take a closer look at some of these changes.
After menopause for women, or having a hysterectomy the fear of an unwanted pregnancy is removed and they find they actually enjoy sex much more. They feel more free. Some women have a wonderful self image and don’t feel that gray hair or some wrinkles or droops cause her to feel less attractive to her partner. Of course the opposite affect can cause problems. A woman that is concerned with always looking young, or having the ability to become pregnant gives her self worth, then she may enjoy sex less.
The Self Image and Attitude Toward Aging Affects Our Ability to Enjoy Sex
A woman also has vaginal changes which will affect the sexual act of intercourse. The vagina will narrow and shorten as she ages. The vaginal walls become thinner and less pliant. She will also have less natural vaginal lubrication. These changes certainly do not affect her ability to enjoy sex but mature women learn how to adjust. They may find it necessary to use artificial vaginal lubrication to enhance their ability to enjoy intercourse.
For men it is impotency that becomes more common. By age 65, 15-25% of men deal with this problem. Usually about one out of every four sexual encounters result in impotency. Part of the reason is that this aged man usually has heart disease, high blood pressure or diabetes. So either the disease itself or the medications to treat it can cause the problem.
To be continued…
University of Michigan Geriatrics
Health Grades-List of Geriatrics Physicians
Turner Geriatric Clinic
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