4 Common Myths about Senior Sexual Health
There is no doubt that sexuality changes with age, but this does not mean it can’t be both healthy and enjoyable. When considering senior health, it is essential that you consider aspects of sexuality, which include risks and problems. On the other hand, you also don’t need to fall prey to one of these common myths associated with senior sexuality.
Myth #1: Senior men don’t face physical sexual changes.
Truth: While men do not go through menopause like women, they do experience physical changes that influence their sexuality. For instance, testosterone levels decline with age. This leads to difficulty maintaining an erection as well as shorter orgasms. The additional challenges of heart disease, arthritis and other medical conditions can also cause sexuality to decline.
Myth #2: Seniors won’t get sexually transmitted diseases.
Truth: The fact is that age has nothing to do with your ability to contract an STD. You can get an STD whether you are 18 or 88. This is why it is important to practice safe sex, using a condom each time you have intercourse and getting checked for STDs regularly.
Myth #3: A healthy sex life has no benefits for seniors.
Truth: Actually, older adults can have healthy sex lives that bring about plenty of benefits. Sex not only burns fat, but it also reduces anxiety by releasing helpful endorphins. Some researchers even speculate that healthy sexuality can increase one’s lifespan by years. Plus, sex can help to strengthen relationships and providing a calming sense of closeness for those involved.
Myth #4: Seniors who lose their libido can’t get it back again.
Truth: There are roadblocks involved in everything, including sexual relationships. Emotional obstacles, including stress and anxiety, are often responsible for lack of libido. Additionally, poor body image and self-esteem also cause problems. In fact, men experience worry that they are not going to be able to perform as they wish to. You may choose to address these emotional and psychological roadblocks in therapy.
Once you arm yourself with facts and knowledge about senior health and sexuality, you can make good decisions for yourself. You can also be happy and healthy when you know the truth.