The ‘dirty old man’ is a popular comic caricature who is all about the desire but not the equipment. The idea that sex is only for the young and gravity defying is an absurd one propagated by our culture. While it is completely untrue that ageing men cannot have a fulfilling sex life the fine print says that they should maintain their health.
An erection is all about filling the penile ducts with blood. Since it requires a pumping action healthy arteries and veins are crucial to the process. As men age they may find their lifestyle catching up with them in the form of high blood pressure. The result is hardening and contraction of the vessels. The erection quality goes down and it may no longer be possible to maintain the same levels of hardness. This pattern can be observed late forties onwards and even earlier depending on your cholesterol profile and blood pressure readings.
Testosterone triggers desire and as men reach their fifties the production naturally goes down. This does not mean that you are no longer a sexual being. You may take more time to get aroused and the period between erections would last longer. Testosterone replacement treatment has become a popular albeit controversial option. Most doctors still advice exercise and diet control to maintain an acceptable level of the hormone. Sperm counts also declines but most men remain fertile during most of their lifetime. If erections are not as firm they may not be able to ejaculate with the same force though.
Ageing problems like prostate cancer; diabetes and incontinence may severely effect a man’s sex life. While incontinence may cause embarrassment it is possible to control it through therapy. Regular check ups of the prostate and managing sugar count in diabetics will ensure a healthy sex life as well.
Many prescription drugs have been known to hamper desire and ageing men might feel at the mercy of pills owing to the mounting health problems. It is advisable to ask the doctor how your sex life can be affected by your medication. Counter medication like Viagra to enhance sex drive may become the only option in this case.
Ageing men should note that simply the virtue of age should not stop them from being sexual. To battle age related health problems and remaining sexually expressive should be the mantra. As men age they will find themselves more confident and in touch with their emotional selves as they have experience on their side. Human sexuality regardless of the age of an individual is not only a mechanical-biological operation. If that were the case we would still be swinging by the trees. A sense of emotional well being and high self esteem can do wonders for our sexual activity as we welcome the onset of grey hair and wrinkles.
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