senior picWith Valentine’s Day approaching images of young love abound. But romantic love is not exclusive to young people.

“Many older couples actually find their sex lives to be more satisfying in later years,” says Michael S. Patriarco, DO, of St. Luke’s Center for Advanced Gynecologic Care. “As children move out and work responsibilities lessen, older adults have more time to nurture their relationship with their partners. They may feel less stress, enabling them to relax and enjoy one another more fully.”

On the other hand, the physical changes that accompany aging can sometimes affect sexual comfort and desire, he adds. For example, during the period leading to menopause, called perimenopause, women experience the physical effects of falling estrogen level. These may include hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness, all of which can undermine sexual motivation and drive. Women may also experience changes in her vagina, such as increased dryness.

“It is important to continue to have regular pelvic examinations before, during and after menopause,” Dr. Patriarco says. “During your yearly examination, talk to your provider about your sexual concerns. Your provider may suggest medication or over-the-counter products that can help. Also, you want to rule out disease or other causes of discomfort or disinterest.”

Decreased testosterone levels may decrease sexual interest in both women and men.
Men may experience other changes with age, such as having more difficulty achieving and maintaining an erection. Should this happen frequently, they should see their physician to rule out serious health conditions, such as heart disease or prostate problems.

“As people age, they may need to redefine their definition of an active sex life,” he says. “Perhaps in their 20s and 30s, they enjoyed intercourse several times a week. As they get older the frequency may decrease and they may find themselves enjoying other expressions of intimacy such as kissing, touching and just being together as rewarding.”

Although many couples grow older together, many seniors are single. And due to the death or divorce, some may be experiencing dating for the first time in decades. Dr. Partriarco advises seniors with new partners to practice safe sex by using a condom. Sexual transmitted infections, including HIV, are a concern at any age.

Because of its many health benefits, Dr. Partriarco encourages his patients to continue intimate relationships well into old age.

Benefits of Sex Include:


Improved mental and physical health. Sex can burn fat, cause the brain to release endorphins, and drastically reduce anxiety.
• Sex is a good cardiovascular exercise. It gets the heart pumping.
Improved sleep. Sex can release hormones that reduce stress, fear and anxiety helping you to sleep more soundly.
Stronger relationship. Sexually active partners report that they are more satisfied with one another.

 

More Lifestyle Articles

  • Celebrate Older Americans Month

    Celebrating Older Americans Month all older adults are encouraged to blaze a trail to civic engagement. Civic Engagement means working to make a difference in the lives of your community and its...

  • 16th Annual Unsung Hero Event

    Lehigh County Aging and Adult Services is accepting nominations for Unsung Heroes! To celebrate Older American's Month, the Lehigh County Office of Aging and Adult Services recognizes Lehigh County...

  • Angels and Numbers

    Have you ever seen a sequence of numbers, especially over and over again? It could be that you noticed the clock said 5:55, then you looked at your odometer and it read 32,555, and yet again, you see...

  • Apple Picking in the Valley

    This time of year is ripe (pun intended) for picking apples in the Lehigh Valley. To that end we have picked (again with the puns) some of our local “pick your own” venues. Please be sure you go to...

  • Back Story March-April 2017

    Q&A with Art Villafane, Editor of Lifestyles over 50What is the appeal of the magazine?We strive to deliver information of value to our readers. It generally covers health, lifestyle and finance....

  • Behavioral Contagion

    Picture yourself in a roomful of people, many of whom you like or at least respect. One of them yawns. Two more yawn. Another few yawn. Do you feel the urge yet? You are sitting with some friends,...

  • Breeding Bird Count for Kids

    The future of our natural world depends on our children and grand children. Our forests are disappearing and it's important to teach our kids what they can do to preserve our wildlife. LVAS is...

  • Bucks County Senior Games

    Bring you’re ‘A’ game to the Bucks County Senior Games on June 6– June 11, 2016. Events include bocce, bowling, pinnocle, darts, trivia, golf, track and field and more! Click to see the event dates,...

  • Cruising Valley Landscape During Fall

    One of the best parts of the Fall season is seeing our landscape change color. I do not know anyone who is not impressed by the beauty in our area as trees and bushes change from variants of green...

  • Declutter Before Moving

    Moving from one place to another is an involved process that may take a lot of time and cause a lot of stress. One way I help reduce your stress is to show you how to declutter your home well before...

 
Contact Us

Please enter your data here. Fields with an asterisk (*) are required.
Please provide us with a phone number or email so we may respond to your request.
Full Name (*)

Please type your full name.
E-mail

Invalid email address.
Phone

Invalid Input- please enter in form: 123-456-7890
How may we be of service? (*)

Please tell us how big is your company.
Please enter the characters shown. (*)
Please enter the characters shown.
Refresh
Invalid Input