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Joy of sex in seniors (advance age group)

As person grow older, many of them also want to continue an active, satisfying sex life. But the aging process may cause some changes. Illness, disability, or the drugs  taken to treat a health problem can affect ability to have and enjoy sex. But, even the most serious health problems usually don’t have to stop  from having a satisfying sex life.

Some normal changes that occur with advance age

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.

In Women:

As the age advances there are some obvious changes occur in women. Changes in women internal body parts like in vagina. Vagina become shortens and narrows. The walls become thinner and stiffer. Vaginal lubrication is less due to less formation. Breast size and contour are also affected. Body tone becomes less. But these changes do not mean that women cannot participate in sexual enjoyment still she can involve as earlier.

After menopause or a hysterectomy, women are free of fear of getting pregnant. They may feel freer to enjoy sex. Many women enjoy sex more as they grow older. 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.

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In men:

The risk of erectile dysfunction was about 26 cases per 1,000 men annually, and increased with age, lower education, diabetes, heart disease and hypertension. In men with increasing age erectile dysfunction is most common cause of Sexual Dysfunction. According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately 5% of 40-year-old men experience ED on a long-term basis.  By age 65, about 20 to 25% of men have this problem at least one out of every four times they are having sex. Chances of having this disorder increases in those who have some chronic health disorder like heart disease, high blood pressure, or diabetes. Some medications used for these disorders also affect men sexual physiological system. Use of alcohol and heavy smoking also contributes to erection dysfunction in this subgroup.

As age advances a man may find it takes longer to get an erection. Some men may find they need more foreplay. His erection may not be as firm or as large as it used to be, even amount of fluid ejaculates may be smaller. The loss of erection after orgasm may happen more quickly, or it may take longer before an erection is again possible.

Consideration for treatment: Failure to achieve an erection less than 15%-20% of the time is not unusual and treatment is rarely needed. But failure to achieve an erection more than 50% of the time indicates there is a problem requiring treatment.

Treatment

There are many different ways erectile dysfunction can be treated, including oral medications, sex therapy, penile injections, suppositories, vacuum pumps, and surgery. Each type of treatment has its own advantages and disadvantages.

Other common causes of SD in advancing age group.

Arthritis. Joint pain due to arthritis can make sexual contact uncomfortable. Joint replacement surgery and drugs may relieve this pain. Exercise, rest, warm baths, and changing the position or timing of sexual activity can be helpful.

Chronic pain. In addition to arthritis, pain that continues for more than a month or comes back on and off over time can be caused by other bone and muscle conditions, shingles, poor blood circulation, or blood vessel problems. This discomfort can, in turn, lead to sleep problems, depression, isolation, and difficulty moving around. These can interfere with intimacy between older people. Chronic pain does not have to be part of growing older and can often be treated.



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