As bodies age and disabilities become a reality, sexual intercourse may no longer be an option.Arthritis and other illnesses may make intercourse uncomfortable or even impossible.
It might be surprising to younger folks, but older adults can still enjoy a full and exciting sexual life. According to one study, more than half of people in their 70's still have sex once a week. Sex is a little different for older men than for younger ones.
In fact, older men and women are often more comfortable with their bodies and more knowledgeable about what a partner might enjoy. Physical changes mean the experience may feel less urgent.
And the confidence that comes with aging can be very sexy. Several other changes are common: Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a problem for many older men.
A doctor can help determine if one of these medicines can help.
Certain heart medications interact with these drugs and they can have serious side effects, so it's important to have a doctor's advice before trying them.
To a lot of people, "sex" always means sexual intercourse.
For many older couples, though, sex is a much broader concept.
There are some inevitable changes that accompany aging. ED is often caused by clogging or tightening of the blood vessels leading to the penis, which in turn leads to poor functioning of the erectile tissue. As many as half of American men aged 40 to 70 have had some degree of erectile difficulty. These men cannot get or maintain an erection at all.
The likelihood of developing ED increases with age. However, drugs like sildenafil (brand name Viagra), tadalafil (Cialis), and vardenafil (Levitra) have made a real difference for sex and the older man.
These drugs increase the amount of nitrous oxide in the penile tissue.
Nitrous oxide is important for the proper function of smooth muscle in the penis, which helps create an erection.