Some older adults avoid intimacy due to the physical issues of their aging bodies or their “performance,” while others are affected by emotional challenges. Being a mature adult comes with its benefits. Seniors know what works and what doesn’t. Their experience and self-awareness make for excellent intimacy! It’s important to note that according to the CDC, reported STDs reached an all-time high for the 6th consecutive year, so be sure you’re protecting yourself and others!
- Connect emotionally before Physically: Getting to know each other and connecting will allow you to connect in confidence and show love through intimacy. Speak openly and hug often
- Have confidence: Confidence and honesty garner the respect of others, which can be sexy and appealing. Discuss assistive devices with your partner.
- Hormone replacement: For both women and men. Discuss with your doctor. Bioidentical hormone replacement can help the things that both men and women experience that put up barriers to intimacy.
- Change your routine: Simple, creative changes can improve your sex life. Change the time of day to a time when you have more energy. For example, try being intimate in the morning rather than at the end of a long day.
- Medical conditions: Illnesses that involve the cardiovascular system, high blood pressure, diabetes, hormonal problems, depression, or anxiety can affect sex drive and function. Talk with you doctor for suggestions.
- Medications: Certain medications can inhibit your sexual response, including your desire for sex, your ability to become aroused and your orgasmic function. Talk with you doctor.