Not too long ago, there was a general feeling that there is an age that is simply “too old” for sex. Of course, I do not believe that, and in fact, in my practice, I am helping men and women in the 60s, 70s, even in their 80s have the best sex of their lives!
Now, a recent study has shown that even in places like England, which you might perceive as a little less daring in the boudoir than us Yanks, are filled with sexy seniors!
The study, the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA), looked at the sex lives of over 7000 men and women between the ages of 50 and 90. Questions ranged from attitudes about sex, frequency of sexual activity, and about any issues with sexual dysfunction.
The researchers found that at least half of men, and about one-third of women aged 70 and over were still quite sexually active, with around a third of them having sexual intercourse at least 2 – 3 times a month or more.
However reports of less than desirable sex lives and sexual wellness issues were also quite common, with a third of the women complaining of decreased stimulation, and ability to achieve orgasms and more than 40% of the men reporting problems of erectile dysfunction.
The researchers hoped that what laypersons and medical professionals alike, take away from the study is an understanding of how important sex is to healthy long-term relationships. Furthermore, problems with sexual dysfunction are prevalent in both aging men and women, and should not be ignored. The researchers also concluded that elderly Individuals, and their healthcare professionals, should be open and willing to talk about sex, and how they feel if they are not satisfied because help is available.
“We hope our research will encourage a more open discourse about late-life sexuality and health, and foster a wider intergenerational understanding that sex doesn’t stop at 50!” said, David M. Lee Ph.D. MPH, one of the lead researchers on the project.
Sexual Wellness As You Age
As an Age-Management professional, it is encouraging to find that people the world- over are beginning to understand that sex is not just for the young! However, there is no ignoring the fact that hormonal changes that happen as you age in both men and women, can impact your sex life.
For men, that can mean decreased ability to obtain and maintain an erection, and for women decreased sensitivity, loss of libido, and vaginal dryness.
Sexual Enhancement Therapies for Men and Women
The good news is that we have a wealth of treatment options available to help both men and women experiencing age-related sexual wellness issues.
One of the most successful treatments for sexual dysfunction in older folks is hormone replacement therapy. Hormone replacement therapy, or HRT, can help both men and women overcome issues of decreased libido and difficulties with arousal.
Specifically, testosterone replacement therapy for men has been shown to improve sexual wellness. In women, we use bio-identical female hormones such as estrogen, to help with post-menopausal sexual problems such as vaginal dryness and inability to achieve orgasm. You may be surprised to know that to treat other symptoms of Female Sexual Dysfunction, such as stimulation and arousal, we also use testosterone therapy for women.
Often used as an alternative to, or in conjunction with HRT, are new sexual wellness procedures that use PRP, or Platelet Rich Plasma.
Platelet Rich Plasma is made from your own blood. It is a concentrated formula of growth and healing factors that improves blood flow and rejuvenates the cells of the sex organs in both men and women.
My own specialized male sexual wellness procedure, the Gains Enhancement uses the powerful rejuvenating factors of PRP and is the only non-surgical male enhancement procedure that is guaranteed to deliver both a treatment for erectile dysfunction and increased penis size.
For women, we use PRP in the O-shot, which has been found in clinical trials to improve most if not all, of the sexual wellness issues faced by women as they age. The O-shot improves stimulation, helps women obtain and have longer, and more satisfying orgasms, and stimulates increased lubrication.
Do you think there is an age that is “too old” for sex?
Have you tried any treatments for sexual dysfunction? What were the results?
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