April 26, 2024 3:00 pm

Is age really a barrier to a fulfilling sex life? In this podcast episode, I debunk four widespread myths and misconceptions about sex and aging. I will explore the realities of sexual activity among seniors and challenge the belief that age diminishes sexual health. I will also address the overstated risks of sex-induced heart issues and debunk myths about STDs in older adults.

Tune in to discover the truths that empower seniors to maintain a vibrant and satisfying sexual life.

Episode Video

Sex and Aging – Why It's Still Possible and Pleasurable

Sex and Aging - Why It's Still Possible and Pleasurable
Senior couple lying in bed together

Life changes a lot as we get older. We may retire, our kids might move out, and we have more free time. Some people think this means sex life goes downhill, but that's not always true!

Studies show that many older folks, like those over 65, are still interested in sex and having it regularly. In fact, more than half are sexually active! And a good chunk do it at least twice a month. This proves that wanting sex doesn't just disappear when you get older.

Physical Changes and Sexual Activity

Many people mistakenly believe that getting older means you can no longer enjoy sexual activities. This is simply not true!

It's common to experience some changes as we age, like high blood pressure or arthritis. But these don't have to stop you from having a healthy sex life. There are many treatments available to help, like lubricants for women and medications for men. Even simple lifestyle changes, like eating healthy and exercising regularly, can make a big difference.

Sexual Activity and Heart Health

There's a myth that sex is dangerous for older folks' hearts. Not quite true! For a healthy 50-year-old guy who exercises, the risk of a heart attack during sexual activity is super low – about 1 in a million. If you're not active, the risk is a tiny bit higher. As long as you can climb stairs without getting winded, you're probably good to go. But, if you have any heart problems already, talk to your doctor first. They can give you the green light or suggest ways to make things safer.

The Importance of Sex in Later Life

Many people forget that sex is important for older adults too, just like anyone else. It can help you feel better emotionally and physically. Even though it can feel awkward, talking to your doctor about your sexual life is a good idea. It's a big part of your overall health, so don't be shy!

STDs in the Aging Population

You're right, forget what you heard about older folks and STDs. It's not true! STDs are actually on the rise among seniors. Why? Dating apps make it easier for people to meet up, and some folks might not realize they still need protection. No matter your age, you can catch an STD. The best way to stay safe? Be like James Bond – always prepared! Use protection and get checked regularly.

Embracing Sex Throughout Life

Physical health inevitably changes as we age, and these changes can affect sexual activity. Also, common issues may arise for seniors, such as ED and vaginal dryness. These are often worsen by chronic conditions like arthritis, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases.

Despite these challenges, seniors adapt their sex practices to include non-penetrative activities such as kissing, fondling, and oral sex. These demonstrates resilience and flexibility in their intimate lives.

Final Thoughts

Sex doesn't get old!

Just because you're getting older doesn't mean you have to stop having sex. In fact, a healthy sexual life is good for you at any age. Let's ditch the idea that sex gets worse as you get older. Instead, let's celebrate it and help everyone enjoy it throughout their lives. Sex can be a fun and important part of your life, no matter your age.

If you liked this episode, share it with your friends and family! The more we talk about sex in a positive way, the better. We can all work together to show that sex can stay enjoyable for a lifetime.

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