Sex Education and Age Considerations
Sexual intimacy should not be restricted by the ageing process as the need for closeness is ageless. In today’s times because of the power of knowledge and medical progress people are living a long, healthy and active life. Being sexually active aids both physical and psychological wellbeing.
Sexual patterns change throughout an individual’s life, while a boy’s reproductive ability may start from thirteen years, his sexual peak is when he is eighteen. After the age of thirty or forty, a slow decline is seen in men’s sexual responsiveness and by the age of fifty, the frequency of erections and ejaculations decline considerably. But these are only the physiological changes which may not affect the sexual pleasure in a significant manner. A man can enjoy sex throughout his life unless he suffers from health problems.
Sexual patterns and women’s age
Girls attain puberty by the age of twelve or thirteen but undergo lot of hormonal changes in her lifetime. Fluctuating hormones due to ageing can make intercourse difficult as the vagina skin thins and lubrication becomes scarce. Menopause occurs around late forties to early fifties and causes certain discomforting conditions and is marked by end of fertility.
Unlike the popular belief, sex in old age can be fulfiling and enjoyable. There are various benefits to it too.
Benefits of Sex Over 50
As an older adult, the two things that may have brought the greatest joy—children and career—are no longer as prevalent in your everyday life. Personal relationships often take on a greater significance, and sex can be an important way of connecting. Sex has the power to:
- Improve mental and physical health. Sex can burn fat, cause the brain to release endorphins, and drastically reduce anxiety.
- Increase lifespan. Through its health-improving benefits, a good sex life can add years to your life.
- Solidify relationships. Sex is a chance to express the closeness of your deepest relationship.
- Give refuge. Sex gives you a chance to escape from the sometimes-harsh realities of the world.
Tips for Sex Over 50:
- Communicate with your partner-
As bodies and feelings change over the age of 50, it’s more important than ever to communicate your thoughts, fears, and desires with your partner. Encourage your partner to communicate fully with you, too. Speaking openly about sex may not come easily to you, but improving your communication will help both of you feel closer, and can make sex more pleasurable.
- Focus on intimacy & physical touch-
A good sex life—at any age—involves a lot more than just sex. It’s also about intimacy and touch, things anyone can benefit from. Even if you have health problems or physical disabilities, you can engage in intimate acts and benefit from closeness with another person. Take the pressure off by putting aside your old ideas of what sex “should be.” Focus instead on the importance of tenderness and contact.
- Find what works for you-
You might not be as comfortable with some sexual positions as you once were, but that doesn’t mean you need to give up an activity that is pleasurable for you—and miss out on feeling close to your partner. Keep in mind that it’s not all about intercourse or recreating the way things were when you were younger. The key to a great sex life is finding out what works for you now. Sexas you age may call for some creativity. Use the following ideas as inspiration, but don’t be afraid to come up with your own.
Source: Onlymyhealth editorial team Jan 31, 2013
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