As if to demonstrate that every silver lining has a cloud, researchers in the US have shown that older men who enjoy frequent sex raise their chances of developing heart problems. But the same was not seen for older women, who appeared to suffer no ill-effects from a robust sex life, and tended to have lower blood pressure when they found sex highly enjoyable. Men in their late 50s to mids who indulged in sexual activity once a week or more had twice the risk of heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular conditions over the next five years, compared with men who went without, the researchers found.
Sexual dysfunction is difficulty experienced by an individual or a couple during any stage of a normal sexual activityincluding physical pleasure, desirepreference, arousal or orgasm. According to the DSM-5sexual dysfunction requires a person to feel extreme distress and interpersonal strain for a minimum of six months excluding substance or medication-induced sexual dysfunction. A thorough sexual history and assessment of general health and other sexual problems if any are very important.
While the frequency of sex often declines with age, many older adults—of course—can and do have sex. In fact, roughly 40 percent of men and women ages 65 to 80 are sexually active, according to a survey, and women in their 70s often express more satisfaction with sex than women in their 40s. Although sexual activity is considered an important measure of the quality of life for the majority of older adults, there are a number of problems that can arise with age.
Sexual problems can be extremely frustrating, not only because they put a damper on your sex life, but also because they can seriously affect your relationships. Fortunately, plenty of research is being done on the subject, most recently by the Institute for Family and Sexuality Studies in Belgium. A new study, published in The Journal of Sexual Medicinelooked at how age correlates to different types of sexual dysfunction, including a lack of sexual desire, a lack of sexual arousal, difficulty or inability reaching orgasm, and pain during sex. Overall, the study authors found that while most issues tended to increase with time, others remained steady across the age spectrum and caused distress for women regardless of their stage in life.
Abi Taylor, Margot A. It offers an overview of the evidence for healthcare professionals who had not previously considered the sexuality of their older patients. It also describes some of the sexual problems faced by older people, especially the difficulties experienced in disclosing such problems to healthcare professionals.
For many women, sex after menopause is not as satisfying as it used to be. But is menopause entirely to blame? But the new study shows that the reasons many women stop wanting sex, enjoying sex and having sex are far more complex.
Experts say the key is not trying to recreate what we thought we liked in our twenties but to rejoice in a new kind of aging-body intimacy. Lori Beth Bisbey, an American psychologist and intimacy counselor living in London. One of the most recent surveyspublished in in the N ew England Journal of Medicine found that about three-quarters of 3, men and women between the ages of 57 and 85 were sexually active. While not a tally of every sexual encounter, a rise in infections means folks are having sex and not heeding advice ingrained in many teens.
Many people want and need to be close to others as they grow older. For some, this includes the desire to continue an active, satisfying sex life. With aging, that may mean adapting sexual activity to accommodate physical, health, and other changes.