Sex is one of the great joys of life. Some people have a lot of it while others may not be as active. However, regardless of your previous state of activity when you were younger, as you get older, there are a variety of reasons that help to decrease the drive and the frequency of sexual activity. These reasons include illness (for example, heart disease or high blood pressure), loss of your partner (through death, divorce or dementia) or worries about sexual performance and the ability to "rise to the occasion." Regardless of your particular situation, there are ways to either continue with your sex life, if you are still active, or jump start it, if you are not.
Be comfortable with who you are
Negative body image concepts will arise throughout your life if you allow it. In fact, as you age there may be more perceived reasons to feel bad about the way you look or the way your body functions. Learning to accept your body as you age is a great place to start in boosting your sex life. Acceptance of your illnesses and limitations (and wrinkles) allows for open discussions with both your partner and your health care provider to address your wants and needs. Being comfortable and confident in who you can also be quite attractive and sexually appealing.
Eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly as it has been proven that even as little as 20 minutes of exercise can increase blood flow to the genitals and increase the endorphins in your body. This combination can lead to better arousal and more chances at orgasm.
Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy
One of the concerns for an active sex life is due to decreased sex hormones as you age. Men suffer a gradual loss of about 50 percent of their testosterone levels between their late 40's and early 70's. Women also suffer a decline in testosterone as well as progesterone and estrogen as they go into and beyond menopause. These hormones play a role in the sex life and the sex drive as testosterone is responsible for libido, in both women and men, and estrogen stimulates lubrication in women for a comfortable and enjoyable sexual experience.
Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy can be used to alleviate these issues. Both men and women can have their hormones regulated by the use of both oral and/or topical bio-identical hormones. Discuss your needs and treatment possibilities with your health care provider so that you can enjoy what could be your best sex life ever.