As we grow older, time takes its toll on our bodies. Everything slows down eventually, including your libido. But keeping your sex life active during middle-age and beyond has excellent benefits for your health and wellbeing (even if you’re doing it by yourself).
Sex is a nice gentle cardiovascular work out and releases oxytocin and other chemicals associated with improving levels and happiness. Plus, when enjoyed regularly, it could help to strengthen the immune system.
So, if having more sex sounds like a great way of keeping healthy (and an awful lot of fun) – here are some tips on how to maintain a healthy sex life after 50.
Your body will change drastically over the course of your life; and it’s not just women who can suffer from body insecurities.
Even though you may not still have the Adonis-like body you boasted in your younger days, what you lack in youth, you will more than make up for in experience. If you let your maturity and confidence translate into the bedroom you will find it great for your self-esteem.
Talk about it
Communication is the key to all human relationships. You can write letters (or emails), speak on the phone, have a conversation, embrace, hold hands, gaze at each other across the dinner table… It’s about much more than just talking.
And sex is no different. It’s an intimate way of communicating your feelings for your partner. But if you don’t feel comfortable speaking frankly about what you enjoy sexually, it’s inevitably going to be less enjoyable. Building-up and maintaining the trust and communication between the two of you (whether you’re new to each other or have been together forever) will do wonders for your sex life.
Change your routine
Have you ever had dessert for breakfast? Or breakfast for dinner? Suddenly that full English can become all the more exciting just on the merit of being served before your nightly fix of Eastenders.
When we do things at a regular, scheduled time we can often stop appreciating them. By shaking up your routine and making the effort to find different times to be intimate with your partner, it can help you look at your sex life in a whole new light.
Try something new
Who ever said that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Open yourself up to new sexual experiences. You might be surprised by how even a little excitement can kick start your libido.
It’s not just for teenagers…
You might have thought it would be something you would grow out of as you got older. But masturbation is a healthy and natural activity at any stage of your adult life.
Erections help maintain the healthy nerves of the penis. Without regular erections, the tissue of the penis can become less elastic and this may stop that tissue from being able to stretch.
So, far from making you go blind, ‘taking care of yourself’ is essential to keep your sexual organs in good condition.
And you know what they say, if you want something done properly
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Frequent ejaculation protects against prostate cancer.
This thesis was proposed in the 1970’s. In May 2015 the results of a prospective study of 32,500 men over a period of 18 years was announced at the American Urological Association Annual Meeting.
“The risk for prostate cancer was 20% lower in men who ejaculated at least 21 times a month than in men who ejaculated 4 to 7 times a month. The 20% risk reduction was seen at ages 20 to 29 and 40 to 49, and for the lifetime average.”
As the lead author of the study Dr. Jennifer Rider of the Harvard School of Public Health modestly remarked, “The strongest evidence to date” showed “safe sexual activity could be good for prostate health”.
It was noted that divorced men ejaculated more often (at least 21 ejaculations per month) than married men.
Annual prostate cancer checks are recommended by the Wellman Clinic for those over 50. We are looking for early trends not for late-found lurches.
Caught early, aggressive prostate cancer can be cured.