Getting older doesn’t have to mean your sexual activity stops.
More than half of people age 65 to 74 are sexually active, according to one recent study.
With retirement and an empty nest, many seniors may find they have more time to devote to improving intimacy with their partner. However, some seniors can feel embarrassed about themselves as they’ve aged, while medical issues and the loss of a spouse can affect others. If you and your partner are experiencing difficulties with sexually intimacy, it’s important to be proactive before letting your situation become permanent.
With more information and mutual support, you and your partner can establish a better sexual connection. Here’s how:
Talk to your doctor about your challenges
There are several things that can affect sex and your ability to enjoy it. Illnesses, disabilities, medications, past surgeries—and even relationship issues—can affect sexual intimacy. Body image issues and low self-esteem, as well as your body’s normal aging, also have an impact. These things may not be easy to discuss openly, but you should talk to your doctor if you feel your overall health is having an effect on your sex life.
Sex is healthy for older adults
Sex helps you reduce stress and feel good overall. It’s also a form of exercise, so it can help burn fat. Many studies have shown that frequent sex may lower your risk for heart disease. Sex also has another benefit: oxytocin, a hormone released during orgasm, counteracts the effects of cortisol and may lower your blood pressure and promote sleep.
Importance of the connection
Sex in your 60s may differ from sex in your 20s, but it’s still a good way to connect with your partner.
Even if you find that you both have sexual limitations and different needs as you age, you can still find new ways to enjoy intimacy. By implementing some creative changes, you may improve your sex life. For example, try changing the time of day you have sex to when you have more energy. Overall, remember to take your time, express your feelings to your partner and relax.
The staff at MetroHealth is here to listen and help if you or your partner has questions or concerns about sexual intimacy. No matter your age, you can still enjoy sex safely and responsibly.