Frequent sex makes life more enjoyable for older adults, says study

Frequent sex makes life more enjoyable for older adults, says study

Good news for older adults – engaging in more sexual activity for both men and women is associated with more happiness and enjoyment of life. So says a new study published online in the journal Sexual Medicine. 

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How men can recharge their sexual energy


How men can recharge their sexual energy

If a lack of energy has drained a man’s desire for sex, there are ways to reignite the passion. Men generally enjoy a high sex drive for decades of their life, but it is not uncommon for that energetic drive to diminish.  When libido is running low, a man most likely also has low energy in other areas of his life. He may become apathetic, no longer finding pleasure in favorite activities which can also result in a more sedentary lifestyle.

If and when a man feels he has lost his sexual energy, he should not believe his sex life has ended and nothing can be done about it. Fortunately, there are several strategies to be addressed to get a man back in the game.

Energy drainers affecting a man’s sex life

What diminishes a man’s sexual energy usually revolves around some kind of physical, emotional, or relationship issue. Here is a look at the most common issues:

·      Erectile dysfunction

Experiencing erectile dysfunction (ED) for the first time can be a blow to a man’s self-esteem.  He may have believed it would never happen to him. But when it does, the feeling of embarrassment or worry over how his partner will judge him can be overwhelming. The motivation and sexual energy necessary to perform can quickly be depleted.

Any man with ED needs to bring up the topic with his doctor. There are several ED medications that work well along with other options for getting and keeping an erection. It also helps if a man can learn to open up and talk about what is going on.  Men should realize they are not alone in experiencing ED and there is help and support out there for them. 

·      Low testosterone

Male hypogonadism or low testosterone is a condition in which the body does not produce enough of the male hormone, testosterone.  Testosterone plays a key role in masculine growth and development during puberty.

One of the most common side effects of hypogonadism is fatigue. Other signs can be loss of muscle mass, increased body fat, hair loss, reduced bone mass, reduction in testicle size, and low sexual energy. 

Testosterone levels begin to drop about 1% each year beginning in a man’s late 30s and could fall by as much as 50% by age 70.  To determine levels of testosterone, a blood test is taken at a doctor’s office. If a man is found to have insufficient testosterone levels, testosterone replacement therapy or TRT can be given by absorbable pellet implants, topical gels, patches, and injections.  This therapy can ignite a spark reawakening a man’s sexual energy. 

·      Lack of sleep

Anyone who has poor sleep knows well what an energy zapper it can be.  A night of restless sleep results in sluggish behavior the next day. Lack of sleep also increases stress and interferes with how a man’s body and brain is storing and using energy. And, let’s not forget how poor sleep will affect a man’s sex drive.

Any man struggling to get a good night’s sleep should discuss this with his doctor. There are several things that need to be investigated.  Sleep apnea is one area that should be addressed. A review by their doctor to see if a change in prescribed medications or dosage is needed or if cognitive behavioral therapy could be of help. Or it could simply be that adjusting diet and sleep environment or behaviors is all it takes for improved sleep.

·      Lack of exercise

It’s kind of a vicious circle.  If you lack sexual energy, likely you’ll lack energy for exercise and vice versa.  Yet regular exercise is one of the best natural energy boosters out there. Numerous studies have linked physical activity with improving fatigue, especially among people who are sedentary.

All it takes is to take the first step and initiative to get moving – start off slowly and build up to at least 150 minutes a week of moderate to vigorous exercise.  Brisk walking, bicycling, swimming, tennis, whatever a man enjoys the most can be the trick to reigniting a lackluster sex life. Focusing on a combination of cardio and weight-bearing exercise is a good start.

·      Medical conditions

Numerous medical conditions can put a damper on sexual energy. Obesity, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or thyroid issues can be culprits robbing a man of interest in sex.  For men who already have been diagnosed with any of these conditions, discuss with their doctor about the problem.  For men experiencing less energy for intimacy but does not have a diagnosis for any medical condition, it may be time to for a thorough checkup just to be sure one doesn’t already exist.  



Surprising ways sex reduces stress

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