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  • Jo Mitchell

Sexual Health and Intimacy

Some people think that once an individual reaches their later years, they will no longer be interested in sex and intimacy. This could not be further from the truth, the need for intimacy has no age limitations. An individual's hunger for affection, intimacy, and an emotional bond with another individual is unlimited.

Having said that, some people do give up on intimacy as they get older for a miriad of reasons, perhaps to do with health or the breakdown of a relationship. However when a person does not have a healthy physical and psychological relationship with someone, he or she might suffer from low self-confidence and poor physical health.

What causes poor sexual health?

As one ages, the body experiences physical and physiological modifications that can affect your sexual health and relationships with others.

The physical changes as you age:

When a woman ages, she will experience physical changes in the body that are associated with hormone imbalances and menopause, such as vaginal dryness. This can have a huge impace on your sex life as intercourse can become very uncomfortable, which may lead to lost of interest in sex or an avoidance or sex.

The most common change in men is erectile dysfunction, which due to embarassment can lead to an avoidance of sex. ED can be caused by physical and sometimes medical issues.

Common physiological changes:

The mind also experiences changes as you age. These changes can also have an considerably affect one's sexual endurance or desire for sex.

For women aging can be distressing, the appearance of grey hair, wrinkles, which may make a woman feel less attractive and less appealing and has a huge impact on your self- confidence and therefore your libido. The stress of life can also have an enormous impact on your energy and thus your libido.

How do you improve sexual health?

Communication is key, if you don't talk to each other it is very difficult to resolve anything. Be open, be kind and listen.

Here are some practical tips for nurturing your sexual health:

1. There is more to sex than simply penetration.

To enhance one's sex life,you need to break down your barriers about sex and open your mind and view of what you perceive sex to be. If it feels good why not try it! Think about changing your routine and sexual script and don't just think of sex in terms of penetration. Foreplay, masturbation, and sensuous massage are all part of r sex.

2. Stay healthy.

Keeping a in shape and having a healthy body and mind is very important. Your lifestyle is key to your sex life. Eat well, exercise, give up smoking and drink in moderation. Healthy lifestyle habits are crucial.

3. Change the script of your sex life

If you are continuously comparing your sex life today to your past sex life when you were much younger you will set yourself up for dissapointment. Life changes, you change and evolve, why would your sex life not change? Change it up and remember that your sexuality can ebb and flow. Sexual desire is not fixed it is movable.

Expand your horizons, view point and break down your pre-concieved ideas about sex. Oral sex, masturbation, anal sex, prostate massage, sensual massage are but a few of many possibilities.

If you have questions, have you thoughts about joining a sexual health forum, to research new ideas to share and find out more from different view point.

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