Who says sex after 50 for men is all downhill? While erectile dysfunction, low libido or certain medications may slow it down, there are solutions to solving this basic human need. Why settle for a less-than-satisfying sex life when you can actually improve and make it better than ever?
First, if you are experiencing common sexual issues men over 50 can have, talk to your doctor. Don’t wait for them to bring it up. Approach the topic just like you would if you’re having high blood pressure or struggling to get diabetes under control. Besides, doctors have heard it all – why miss out on their knowledge and advice for helping you enjoy an active sex life past the age of 50?
Here are 6 ways of keeping your sex life fun and fulfilling for you and your partner:
1. Protect the desire for sex
If you’ve had a drop-off in desire for sex, it might be low testosterone but don’t assume that automatically. While checking hormone levels is important, low libido may also indicate depression, certain medications or stress. Check with your doctor.
2. Reach a healthy body weight
Gaining excess weight can lead to vascular issues such as high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and high cholesterol that can affect your ability to achieve erections. It’s important to maintain healthy body weight by eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly.
3. Exercise regularly
Not only does regular exercise lead to healthy body weight, but it also helps you get fit for bedroom activities. For example, lifting weights strengthens back muscles – an achy back does little to put you in the mood. A brisk walk or run releases chemicals in your brain making you feel energized and less stressed. Exercising for at least 150 minutes a week, keeps your body looking its best boosting your confidence and sex life.
4. Try something new
As the saying goes, variety is the spice of life. And when you’ve been together with the same partner for many years, keeping sex exciting and fresh, takes some creativity. Ideas to keep things interesting include sex in the morning, different sexual positions, bringing in more romance, shower or take a bath together, or have a massage setting the mood for intimacy.
4. Keep sex comfortable
Let’s face it! After 50 things such as arthritis or back pain can put a damper on the enjoyment of sex. With some planning ahead, sexual encounters can still be pleasurable. If arthritis is flaring up, try a different position or use pillows for support. For back pain, having sex side-by-side instead of the missionary position is recommended. Or taking a warm bath or pain medication can help reduce pain while increasing relaxation for a sexual encounter.
5. Make time for intimacy
Aging brings new pressures in life. Financial worries, health issues, or feeling too tired can create barriers blocking time for sex. But setting aside time to nurture relationships and intimacy are important for keeping sex alive and well. Not all sexual encounters necessarily need to end with intercourse. Other ways to be close can be simple acts of kissing, caressing, and holding one another. Frequent but regular touches each day between you and your partner matter taking your sex life to a whole new level you don’t want to miss.