How Sex Changes As We Get Older, and What We Can Do About It
Sexual intimacy is a vital part of your well-being. An active, satisfying sex life strengthens your marriage or partnership. Intimacy also offers many health benefits, including improved heart health. Unfortunately, age-related health problems often make intimacy a challenge.
About 70 percent of men over age 70 struggle with erectile dysfunction. Women can struggle with sexual dysfunction, too. Female sexual dysfunction affects more than 75 percent of women aged 40–50. These symptoms can have a profound impact on patients’ quality of life.
Many people believe that these symptoms are an inevitable part of aging, but most intimacy problems can be resolved with the right care. At Regenerative Medical Institute and we offer comprehensive intimate wellness treatment.
Regenerative medicine can rejuvenate your sex life. With cutting-edge treatments, patients can experience improved intimacy and joy in their life. Read on to learn more.
Understanding Male Sexual Problems
Stress, depression, and illness can trigger performance issues. These intimate wellness concerns can affect men of all ages. Sometimes, these problems are temporary. But if you notice frequent symptoms, you might have age-related sexual dysfunction.
Age-related sexual problems can include:
- Low libido
- Erectile dysfunction (ED)
- Male orgasmic disorders
- Retrograde ejaculation
Among older men, ED is especially common. Studies have shown that your risk of ED increases by 10 percent during every decade of your life. About 40 percent of men experience ED during their 40s, but by age 50, the number jumps to 50 percent. An overwhelming majority of men in their 70s and 80s struggle with ED.
Many patients believe that ED is inevitable, but the truth is that most cases of ED are treatable. Vascular disease and hormone imbalances are common culprits. The aging process may also reduce sensitivity and responsiveness. Fortunately, regenerative medicine can help. Regenerative medicine boosts blood flow and cell turnover.
Understanding Female Sexual Problems
Sexual dysfunction is often seen as a male problem, but many women struggle with intimate health concerns, too. During their late 40s, women experience major hormonal changes as they approach menopause. Hormone fluctuations can trigger hot flashes, sleep problems, and weight gain. Menopause also has a significant impact on your sexual health.
Menopause symptoms often include:
- Low sexual desire
- Vaginal pain
- Vaginal dryness
- Difficulty achieving orgasm
Low libido and vaginal dryness can make sex painful and unsatisfying. Without treatment, these symptoms may persist for the rest of your life.
RMI offers a range of treatments to ease menopause symptoms. Regenerative medicine can help turn back the clock so you can enjoy intimacy again.
What Is Regenerative Medicine?
Regenerative medicine is a unique approach to treatment. Many sexual wellness treatments are a “band-aid” solution. They may temporarily reduce symptoms, but they don’t offer lasting relief. Regenerative medicine is different. These treatments replace damaged tissues and cells, reversing age-related damage.
As you get older, cells in your body start to break down. Your tissues may be less flexible or resilient. Your body often struggles to generate new cells. Blood flow and hormone levels may also decline. These symptoms can have a profound impact on your sexual performance. Using regenerative therapies can help turn back the clock.
At RMI, we get to the root of your symptoms. Our team begins with an in-depth evaluation, and once we determine what’s causing your symptoms, we provide safe and effective solutions. Our evidence-based treatments improve your intimate health. With regenerative therapies, you can enjoy more active and satisfying sex life.
Below are some of our available treatments.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy
Platelets are found in your blood. These cells help your blood to clot after an injury and contain vital growth factors. PRP therapy uses the platelets found in your own body to stimulate healing.
During a PRP injection, our team removes a small amount of blood from your arm. Next, we spin the blood in a centrifuge to isolate the platelets. Finally, we inject the concentrated platelet solution into the treatment area.
The P-Shot® (for men) and O-Shot® (for women) are popular treatments for sexual wellness. These injections use PRP to boost your sexual vitality.
The concentrated solution boosts blood flow to your most intimate areas.
The benefits of the P-Shot (for men) include:
- Firmer erections
- Improved sexual stamina
- Increase sensation and pleasure
- Increased blood flow and circulation
The O-Shot (for women) offers:
- Greater sensitivity stimulation
- Younger, smoother skin on the vulva
- A tighter vaginal opening
- Stronger and more frequent orgasms
- Increased sexual desire
- Decreased vaginal pain
- Increased lubrication
- Decreased urinary incontinence
PRP stimulates cell turnover and restores underlying damaged tissue. Most patients who receive the P-Shot or the O-Shot report improved sexual performance and satisfaction. PRP contains natural growth factors found in your own body. There are no known side-effects, and PRP is safe for most patients.
Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)
Hormone imbalances are a common culprit for age-related sexual problems. As you get older, your body produces less sex hormones. Low hormone levels can lead to many painful symptoms, including low libido.
For years, people believed that these symptoms were inevitable. Today, we know better. Hormone replacement can provide relief and sexual rejuvenation.
I offer bio-identical hormone replacement therapy through my sister practice, BodyLogic MD of Greenville. These hormones are derived from natural sources and are biologically identical to those produced by your body. They help restore your body’s natural hormonal balance.
BHRT pellet therapy can provide lasting relief for patients with age-related symptoms. Pellet therapy is an option that allows for sustained release and a more physiologic method regarding hormone delivery.
Bio-identical hormones can:
- Boost your sex drive
- Increase sensitivity and performance
- Relieve depression and anxiety
- Improve your sleep quality
- Support bone metabolism
- Reduce hair loss
- Improve memory, energy, and stamina
During BHRT, our patients receive continual support. My team at BLMD provides periodic testing with blood and urine to optimize hormonal response and safety. We make necessary adjustments to refine hormone levels, utilizing a customized treatment plan for each individual. This will provide the highest level of success in hormonal optimization.
RMI offers a full range of treatments for intimate wellness and body rejuvenation. Besides PRP therapy and BHRT, we also provide:
- Hair restoration
- Facial rejuvenation
- APWT (Acoustic Pressure Wave Therapy)
- Fractora by InMode
- Votiva by InMode
- Peptide treatments
During your consultation, I will review your treatment options in detail. We will then create a customized treatment plan that is right for you.
We recommend follow-up appointments for continuity of care and optimal results. The team and I work closely with you to help you regain your confidence and restore your sexual performance or other regenerative needs desired.
Ready to learn more about your options for intimate wellness? Contact us at Regenerative Medical Institute today to schedule a consultation.