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Sex after 60: if you’re not doing it, you should be
Some people think that sex is a young person’s game. Yet, according to a new study, sex in your senior years could help you feel happier and more fulfilled.
Yet, not all types of sexual activity add up to the same satisfaction for women as men.
Here’s how to get the most out of your sex life after 65…
Let’s get it on
The research, performed by a team from Anglia Ruskin University and University College London, specifically delved into the question of whether or not having more sex can lead to greater levels of enjoyment and satisfaction in your life.
And if so, is intercourse the key, or can just fooling around deliver lasting benefits.
The team surveyed over 6,800 participants with an average age of 65 to determine their level of sexual activity over the past 12 months versus their self-reported sense of wellbeing and happiness.
And they found that sexual activity helps older people live more fulfilling lives.
In fact, seniors who reported any type of sexual activity over the year also benefitted from higher scores of enjoyment and satisfaction in their lives as a whole compared to individuals who weren’t sexually active.
Mars vs. Venus
However, the study did reveal differences between men and women when looking at which types of sexual activity delivered that lasting feeling of joy.
According to the researchers, for senior women, intimate touching and kissing leads to improved wellbeing. And women who reported increased levels of these activities also felt emotionally closer to their partner during sex.
However, intercourse didn’t significantly change their overall levels of enjoyment in life one way or the other.
As you might not be surprised to hear, men reported completely different results and were much happier in their sex lives and enjoyed their lives more overall when they had intercourse more frequently.
So it turns out that while both women and men experience more fulfillment in their senior years when sex is a regular part of their lives, affectionate acts are the go-to for women, while men benefit the most when intercourse is part of the picture.
What do the researchers recommend?
They point out that, while your doctor might not bring up the subject of your sex life with you during a regular visit, if you’re experiencing problems, like lack of libido, difficulty with erections or painful intercourse, you should talk to your doctor.
If you’re experiencing issues, remember that certain medications could also be to blame, including those used to treat high blood pressure.
They also say not to be afraid to try new positions and explore different types of sexual activities in order to improve your enjoyment. And, as an added bonus, making sex a regular part of your life also, increases circulation to your genitals — something that helps add to your sexual pleasure all on its own.
Speaking of circulation — improving it can be as simple as eating the right foods. Consider eating more beets or drinking beet juice to help your body produce the natural vasodilator, nitric oxide (NO). NO helps arteries open wide for stronger blood flow. In fact, enhancing NO is just one mechanism by which treatments for erectile dysfunction help men achieve healthy erections.
So enjoy yourself! Sex isn’t just for the 20-somethings, it can be part of a healthy and happy life as long as you want to do it!
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Study of nearly 7,000 older adults shows greater levels of enjoyment and wellbeing among those who report more frequent sexual activity — Study Finds
Sex in the Senior Years — WebMD
The effect of sildenafil on nitric oxide-mediated vasodilation in healthy men — Pharmacology and Therapeutics