How Sex Changes With Age


Even as we age, it is normal to want to maintain an active sex life. People seem to want and need to be closed to others. As we grow older, many of us also want to continue an active, satisfying sex life. But the aging process may cause some changes.

Here are some changes you may experience which are normal;

Normal aging brings physical changes in both men and women. These changes sometimes affect one’s ability to have and enjoy sex with another person. Some women enjoy sex more as they grow older. After menopause or a hysterectomy, they may no longer fear an unwanted pregnancy. They may feel freer to enjoy sex.

Some women do not think things like gray hair and wrinkles make them less attractive to their sexual partner. But if a woman believes that looking young or being able to give birth makes her more feminine, she may begin to worry about how desirable she is, no matter what her age is. That might make sex less enjoyable for her.

A woman may notice changes in her vagina. As she ages, her vagina shortens and narrows. The walls becomes thinner and also a little stiffer. These changes do not mean she can’t enjoy having sex.

However, most women will also have less vaginal lubrication. This could affect sexual pleasure.

As men get older, impotence becomes more common. Impotence is the loss of ability to have and keep erection hard enough for sexual intercourse. By age 65, about 15 to 25 percent of men have this problem at least one out of every four times they are having sex. This may happen in men with heart disease, high blood pressure, or diabetes either because of the disease or the medicine used to treat it.

A man may find it takes longer to get an erection. His erection may not be as firm or as large as it used to be. The amount of ejaculation may be smaller. The loss of erection after orgasm may happened more quickly, or it may take longer before another  erection is possible. Some men may find they need more foreplay.

Eze wrote from Anambra State, University, Awka


Lucy Eze