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Nothing is more irritating to author Connie Goldman than the stereotypes out there about older people and sex -- especially the one about seniors not having sex. Now retired, Goldman spent a great deal of her time trying to counter those stereotypes. It may not be that very hot passionate feeling that you had when you were 19, but it certainly isn't gone," Goldman said. Surveys back her up. A poll conducted by the AARP found that sexual desire runs deep among people in their 50s, 60s, 70s, and beyond.
At any age, sex can help strengthen intimate relationships while easing stress and boosting overall health. For seniors, sex can also restore feelings of vitality, says Erica Goodstone, PhD, a certified sex therapist and d mental health counselor, who works with many older couples and singles. Unfortunately, many older people miss out on sex and all of its benefits, even if they crave this type of physical intimacy. They may have physical New year old ladies fuck that make sex difficult or painful, or they may have simply lost their interest and desire. But these obstacles aren't as serious as they used to be.
Thanks to new treatments -- and a new appreciation for the importance of sex in later years -- older people often choose to make sex an enduring part of their lives. Of course, sex for today's and year-olds is likely not the same as before. Older men and women tend to need extra time -- and extra touching -- to become aroused.
Both men and women may also need extra time to reach orgasm. Hormones are partly to blame. Secretion of testosterone, a hormone that helps fuel sex drive in both men and women, gradually declines with age.
Postmenopausal women also lose estrogen, a biological change that can affect women's sexuality. One's definition of "sex" may also broaden over time, Goldman says. So even as hormones drop, desire can remain strong. At any age, expectations for good sex can be a self-fulfilling prophecy, she says. And as reported by the MCNA, some postmenopausal women actually have more interest in sex than ever before, because they don't have to worry about becoming pregnant.
Other physical changes can be more noticeable -- and troubling -- than a drop in hormones. Men may have extra trouble achieving or maintaining erections. Men are especially likely to develop ED if they have diabetes, atherosclerosis, or high blood pressure.
Many medications can also lead to ED, including beta blockers and antidepressants. Women face problems of their own. With age, the vagina becomes drier and loses muscle tone, which can make sex uncomfortable or even painful. Goodstone worked with one older woman who was so susceptible to pain that she didn't even want a doctor to touch her. Sexual problems may be embarrassing to discuss; however, it's important that your physician give careful consideration to your concerns.
Your physician may want to check hormone levels with blood tests to be sure they are not below normal for your age. For many older men and women, a trip to the doctor could be the first step toward a more active, pleasurable sex life. For some men, doctors can prescribe drugs to treat ED, such sildenafil Viagra.
These medications have started a sexual revolution for the many men who had given up hope of ever having regular intercourse again. Viagra and similar drugs improve erections, but they don't enhance desire libido. Older men who lose interest in sex may want to have their testosterone levels checked. If the levels are low, testosterone gel or patches might renew the sexual spark.
Some research suggests that women -- specifically women who have had a New year old ladies fuck or had their ovaries removed -- may also benefit from low-dose testosterone patches if other causes of low libido have been ruled out. Prescribing testosterone for women's sexual health after menopause is still controversial in the United States.
The Food and Drug Administration has not approved any testosterone drugs for women's sexual health, although some doctors prescribe these products off-label. Women who feel pain or discomfort during sex should definitely bring up the matter with their doctor. For some women, the solution is as simple as a water-based lubricant such as K-Y jelly. While there are some recent concerns about taking estrogen tablets, some women may find relief with estrogen vaginal cream. Sexual passion ebbs and flows over time, and some experts believe that periods of low libido may be related to aspects of life that have become imbalanced.
The imbalance could be, for example, an increase in stress, no longer feeling a close connection with a partner or spouse, or having low self-esteem.
In her book Reclaiming Your Sexual Self, therapist Kathryn Hall suggests that addressing such problems can help to rekindle desire. In the later years, good sex takes cooperation, Goodstone says: "As you get older, having a partner that you can communicate with becomes more and more important.
We are here today, though, so we don't waste time: We talk about what we need to talk about and get on with it. Of course, there's more to intimacy than sex. Goodstone encourages older couples to be affectionate and touch each other often. Massages, foot rubs, and holding hands can build closeness at any age. She also recommends occasionally getting a professional massage. People feel sexier when their bodies feel better, she says. For Goldman and her partner, cuddling has become a crucial component of their intimacy repertoire. It's not the same feeling of excitement, but it is intense intimacy.
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