The Human Condition; Sex As You Age

Mandatory Credit: Photo by ITV / Rex USA ( 666175AR ) Helen Mirren in 'Prime Suspect VII' - 2006 ITV Archive
Mandatory Credit: Photo by ITV / Rex USA ( 666175AR )
Helen Mirren in ‘Prime Suspect VII’ – 2006
ITV Archive

Aging is associated with physiological as well as psychosocial changes that may affect the sexual functioning of an individual. This is due to the fact that as one progresses with life, he/she is subjected to life-changing conditions including medication, education and also various responsibilities like leadership which can negatively affect ones focus on intimacy and sexual desires in general.

Research has actually revealed that more than 70% of people believe their age will negatively affect their love life. In addition, more men than women also attribute their deteriorating health to gradual decrease in sexual desires. Some of the illnesses that have been proven to affect sexual desires include hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, stroke and cardiac illness.

Nonworking elderly people have also recorded a greater decline in sexual desires compared to working individuals. This implies that active lifestyle helps to keep one sexually active for long, may be because an actively working individual relatively has more active blood circulation.

Moreover, gender plays a key role in sexual desires. Above 50 years of age, more women stop sexual activity than men mainly due to decline in sexual interest as a result of loss of partner and (or) decrease in vaginal lubrication. The few men above 50 years who lose interest in sex attribute it to partner’s loss of interest in sex while others blame ill health and (or) erectile dysfunction. The biology behind the decline in sexual desires by older men is the decrease in the level of testosterone and changes in sensitivity. At around 50 years, production of testosterone gradually declines leading to decrease in libido. Additionally, decreased blood circulation reduces the blood flow to penis leading to delayed erection.

Love and intimacy are often affected by age, along with sexual desire. Though several adults report no significant change in love and intimacy compared to their youthful life, the increasing responsibility of raising children is frequently reported to be behind decreased libido. Nevertheless, education plays a vital role in keeping sexuality and intimacy more intact. This is because educated adults appreciate the importance of sex in showing and maintaining their love for their spouses. Despite life hurdles, these educated members still find a get-together time with their partners.

In conclusion, if you are wondering if good things are coming to an end, what is important to note is that these are normal aging processes that don’t happen all at once. Furthermore, every individual has their own experience and so long as you can think sexually, you can experience pleasure despite the affects that sometimes come with aging.