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Sex and the senior: Sexual changes to expect in your senior years

Mar 6, 2012, 6 a.m.

One of the most uncomfortable facts of life that we've all got to accept are the gradual bodily changes that occur with age. Sexual changes are some of the most difficult to accept, especially for sexually active seniors who aren't keen on giving up what for some can be a favorite pastime and great means of exercise. The good news is, you don't have to give up sex just because you're growing older. And as long as you know what changes to expect, you shouldn't have to be surprised by the changes your body will experience. Below, we've outlined some of the most common sexual changes of seniors and how best to deal with them.

Changes in Senior Women

Many senior women discover that the older they get, the more they enjoy sex. This may have a lot to do with the fact that once they've crossed the threshold of menopause, there's no longer the concern about becoming pregnant. As a result, this can cause a woman to enjoy sex with a slightly more relaxed, freer attitude than before. For the vast majority of senior women, perception can have the biggest impact on their ability to continue to enjoy sex. Most senior women admit to wanting sex less often if they feel they're no longer attractive to their partner. These types of issues, however, are easily remedied through open conversation and honest discussion with their partners. Additional physical changes to expect include physical changes to the vagina that often result in less natural lubrication. This circumstance is easily remedied through the use of artificial lubricants like K-Y jelly.

Changes in Senior Men

Senior men, on the other hand, may physically experience a decreased sex drive as they grow older. By the time most men reach the age of 65, up to a fraction of all experience occasional inability to get an erection but this is generally the result of other health issues like high blood pressure or heart disease. It can also be caused by the prescriptions used to treat those health conditions. Sexually active seniors may sometimes have to change their sexual habits in order to accommodate for these bodily changes, such as incorporating foreplay beforehand or trying different positions that are more conducive to physical excitation. Although senior men can expect that their erections won't last as long as they used to, and that their ejaculate won't be quite as voluminous, this doesn't always have to prevent sexual activity.

The sexual changes of seniors is a fact of life as real as the sexual changes that occur during puberty. To ignore them or to feel badly about them is to reject a natural part of the aging process -- and to allow them to deny you the pleasures of a mutually giving sexual relationship is to surrender to something that can easily be remedied. If you want to stay a sexually active senior, all you have to do is be willing to make adjustments and everything will fall into place.

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