As we age, we may experience physical and psychological changes that can impact our sexual health. Sexual dysfunction is a common issue among aging men and women, but there are ways to address the symptoms related to aging and a decrease in sexual function. While this topic can be sensitive for individuals to talk about, it’s important to discuss sexual health concerns with a doctor so they can identify treatment options.
Hormone levels can decline with age, which impacts men and women in various ways.
In women, low estrogen levels can cause vaginal dryness, making sexual intercourse painful or uncomfortable. It may also lead to itching or irritation in the genital area. Low estrogen levels can result also in a decreased sex drive or reduced interest in sexual activity. In men, some common symptoms of low testosterone levels include low libido and erectile dysfunction.
Long-term relationships often change over time, affecting sexual intimacy. Effective communication with a partner becomes crucial in maintaining a satisfying sexual relationship. Some couples may experience a decrease in sexual frequency and desire over time, while others develop ways to keep their sex life lively and enjoyable. Many individuals experience a significant loss of sexual desire following the death of a partner. Grief can be emotionally and physically exhausting, and this exhaustion can lead to a decreased interest in sex. For some, a sense of comfort and intimacy may help in the grieving process, and forming new relationships can help in this process.
A number of age-related health conditions can impact an individual’s sexual health due to medications, stress, and lifestyle changes. When individuals experience their own age-related health concerns or must help a loved one (such as a parent) with age-related health concerns, their focus can shift away from their own intimate wellness.
Sexual desire and performance is tied to physical and emotional factors, and it’s important to understand how one’s experiences can impact each of these factors.
Although sexual health changes with age, there are many treatment options to help alleviate symptoms. At Regenerative Medical Institute, we offer age management services as well as intimate wellness services for men and women. Dr. Orbeck is passionate about helping patients live their best lives by providing personalized treatment plans, including bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. To schedule a free consultation, visit our website or call our office at 877-573-3737.