Staying sexually active Later on in Life
24th August 2010
Many people later on in life are still remaining sexually active and consider sexuality an important part of their lives. But with age, sexually activity also can be challenging. For men and women, medical conditions that affect general health and well-being can interfere with sexuality, but these can all increase with age. Diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol can affect the cardiovascular system, and adequate blood circulation figures strongly in arousal during sexual activities. Conditions affecting joint health, such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, may impair movement or cause pain. A decrease in sexual drive (libido) is common in older adults. For men, testosterone levels gradually decrease over time, meaning erections may take longer to achieve and may not be as firm. Erectile dysfunction becomes more common as men age. But the desire for emotional intimacy defies age; the focus on a physical relationship can shift increasingly to an emotional one. This change tends to bring older adults together for satisfying sexual intimacy even if arousal and orgasm aren't the same as they once were. While the clock can't be turned back, here are a few ways to enhance sexual experiences later in life: Communication: Partners need to talk openly about any physical difficulties as well as changes in sexual function or sexual enjoyment. Options: Drugs such as Viagra, Cialis and Levitra are available to treat erectile dysfunction. However, they don't affect libido. Exercise: Regular exercise can improve energy levels and also helps stimulate blood flow to the genitals.