Sex & Seniors: Don't Let ED Ruin Your Sex Life
As we age, various physical changes bring on different sets of challenges for both men and women. These challenges sometimes include the ability to have and enjoy sex, and for men, Erectile dysfunction (ED) is one of the most common issues.
ED can result from a number of health conditions, such as vascular disease, neurological disease, diabetes, or prostate-related treatments or surgeries. And it can cast a shadow of embarrassment – and sometimes even depression – on the lives of those involved. In this article, wish share some tips that can help you overcome ED for better health and a better sex life.
Walk it Off
Yes, you read that right! One Harvard study states that walking as little 30 minutes a day can improve cases of ED by 41%. This is in addition to other research that suggests that moderate exercise can help obese middle-aged men with ED restore their sexual performance.
Consume More Green, Less Red
According to the Massachusetts Male Aging Study, eating a diet comprising mostly of natural foods like fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and fish, and going easy on the red and processed meat and refined grains, significantly decreased ED occurrences.
Allow Toys to Work for You
Sex toys like dildos and vibrators are fantastic tools for intimacy enhancement, and they’re not just for younger couples. As a matter of fast, as women age, blood flow to the genitals can decrease, which means less sensitivity and more effort needed to reach arousal. This means that as you choose a sex toy suitable for seniors, consider strength because it will matter. Look for toys that pack an additional bit of punch, like strap on dildos – if you think those are tricky to use, this Hollow Strap on Dildo Guide will tell you everything you need to know. You can also opt for handheld vibrators that can be cupped in your palm during foreplay for ease.
Embrace Kegel Exercises
For enhanced rigidity during erections, you need a strong pelvic floor. It also helps keep blood from leaving the penis by pressing on a key vein when functioning properly. A three-month long British trial showed that when Kegel exercises (which strengthen pelvic floor muscles) were done twice a day, combined with some lifestyle changes – like quitting smoking, losing weight, and limiting alcohol – the results of decreasing ED were really worth it.
The physical challenges of ageing can change your sex life for good. If you are already in a relationship, you and your significant other may work together to overcome ED and discover new ways to be together as you get older. So don’t ever forget to talk, and share your desires and needs. On the other hand, if you are single, dating and meeting new people may be easier when you're more mature, sure of yourself, and know exactly what you want. It’s never too late to try new things, so don’t let erectile dysfunction ruin your sex life; try out some – or all – of the ideas above, and see what best works for you.