Sex in Twilight Years

By | November 11, 2016

It is true that older people are more practical and wise than the young, at least in the matter of sex, reveals the new studies in sexuality in old age. People get more aroused in their early 20s, and the inexperience and recklessness in that age make most of them unsuccessful in getting the desired satisfaction.

It is found that sex in old people is more they are more adventurous in sexual acts than those in the 20s and 30s in deriving their best primes.

Older men slow and more patient when it comes to having sex

Older men know the importance of foreplay in arousing their partners and the slowing down tactics to increase the pleasure. Women over 60 are also sensual and know how to please their men, in spite of their physical challenges.  In fact, for them, sexuality is an expression of passion, affection, and affirmation of life. Older women may experience only a slow arousal,  but the desire does not wear off as they age.

Diseases that cause sexual dysfunction

The life expectancy of the human population all over has increased significantly, for the  last few years, resulting in all communities having more and more people aged above 60, who are not asexual.  Yet, no priority is seen given to the treatment of their several illnesses that lead to their sexual dysfunction.

The most common diseases  that affect the elderly make them sleepless and urinate several times during the night.  Most of them have knee or hip replacement and their hands remain cold. The prescription of irrelevant and avoidable drugs thwarts their performance in bed, even if they want to. 

Sexual problems in people aged 50 and above

Aging causes critical physical changes in men and women, potentially challenging their sexuality. 

The major problems affecting them are arthritis, prostate cancers, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, dementia, depression, and high blood pressure, causing erectile dysfunction in men and painful vaginal conditions in women. Consumption of drugs, alcohol and other beverages also interfere with their sexual performance.

Menopause and Andopause

After menopause, the production of estrogen will be less in women, creating physical changes in them, leading to negative outcomes in their sexual activity. The vagina will shrink and dry, lowering the elasticity, which makes intercourse uncomfortable and painful for them.

Erectile dysfunction (ED)

And for men, they also undergo a decreased production of hormones, known as male menopause or Andopause, which is an aging male syndrome (AMS) in men, between the ages 35 to 70 years. Because of the subsequent bodily changes, men experience  a drop in sex drive, strength, endurance, and erection, as well as mood changes.  

They take longer duration to achieve an erection, that is weak, ending in a premature ejaculation. Erectile dysfunction affects adversely both the partners in love making.

Treatment for vaginal dryness for women in twilight years

Hormone therapy can improve menopausal symptoms, like vaginal dryness. Applying estrogen locally can increase the blood flow in the vaginal area, enhancing sensation and lubrication with minimal risk. 

Other options are using vaginal ring and estrogen tablet, as advised by your physician. Though similar replacement therapy (testosterone therapy) is available for men, it has potential risks, such as development of prostate cancers.

Erectile Dysfunction and Diabetes

The most common issue of men having diabetes is the erection problem or impotence. It is already established that around 35% to 75% of men with diabetes experience erectile dysfunction. Sex in old people is affected by ED in most cases.

Symptoms of diabetes in men in twilight years

Diabetes effect on sex is that much crucial in the sex life of older people. Usually people with diabetes develop problems in erection nearly 10 to 15 years earlier than the men who have no diabetes.

Gradually, the problem increases to culminate in severe erectile dysfunction impacting upon their sexuality in later years.

Symptoms of diabetes

Generally, the symptoms of diabetes develop through the years.   Increased thirst and frequent urination, hunger, weight loss, fatigue, blurred vision, infections, and slow healing are the main symptoms of diabetes.

Diabetes effect on erection

One of the several effects of diabetes is the erection problem in the men above the age of 50. It is estimated that 50% to 60% of them face erection problem due to diabetes. When they reach 70 and above, erectile dysfunction will affect  95% of them.

Causes of erection problem due to diabetes

The real causes of erection problem due to diabetes in old aged men are the impairments in the functioning of nerve, blood vessel, and muscles of the body. In order to get an erection, they need healthy blood vessels, nerves, testosterone hormones, sexual urge

Diabetes impairs the blood vessels and nerves that cause an erection, and so, even if you have sufficient male hormones and desire, you cannot achieve a rigid erection.

Treatment of erection problem due to diabetes

Men who are in their twilight years suffering from diabetes effect on sex can seek medications that improve their erection problem.  They can take any one of the oral medications, such as sildenafil, tadalafil, avanafil, and vardenafil.  Before taking these medications, it is mandatory to consult with a physician, to avoid the side effects of heart medicines used, while having diabetes.  

Other options available are intracavernous injection therapy, vacuum erection devices, intraurethral therapy, penile prostheses, and sex therapy.

Consult your physician to find out what your problem is prior to taking any of the above therapies, as erectile dysfunction is caused by several factors.