sexuality beyond middle age

5 curiosities about sex in middle age and beyond

In many cultures there is a bias that people over 40 lose their sexually attractiveness, and enjoy sex less as they get older. But research shows that this is not true.

One of the most famous American sex researchers is Dr. Gina Ogden, who has done extensive research on the sex lives of middle-age and older women. She approaches the topic not only from a clinical standpoint, but from a spiritual and religious framework as well (she is a Visiting Scholar at the Harvard Divinity School).

Her most well-known study “Integrating Sexuality and Spirituality”, a nationwide survey of women’s sexual lives and satisfaction, found that, surprisingly, that women were having the best sex in their lives during their 60s and 70s. The frequency was not as great, but the quality improved.

Men too, particularly now with many successful treatment options for erection dysfunction, have more reason than ever to enjoy a satisfactory sexual life well past middle-age. Here are 5 curiosities about sex and how to improve satisfaction as you get older:

Change the software

While your sexual “hardware” may not improve as you age, you can update your sexual “software”—meaning, the way you do things in bed (and before and after). Many people get stuck in the same sexual patterns since their 20s and 30s. Experimenting with new ways to do things will make sex more enjoyable.

Realize that sexual activity improves your overall health

Orgasms (with or without a partner) release a ton of endorphins and nitric oxide into the body, opening up your blood vessels and helping to regulate the neurotransmitters in your brain. And reassuringly, research shows that having a heart attack or serious medical problem during sexual activity is extremely unlikely.

More sex makes you look younger

A 10-year study presented at the British Psychological Society showed this connection. People who had orgasms 3 or more times per week looked (as judged by neutral observers), 7 to 12 years younger than their chronological age. Sexual activity rejuvenates.

Slow down and enjoy it more

While men may be more sexually focused on body and genitals, a woman’s sexuality is more complex, with a greater emphasis on sounds, smells, images, and fantasies. To become fully aroused may take more time. One reason middle aged and older may enjoy sex more is because they take the time for both partners to be satisfied.

It’s a good reason to stay in shape

Often sexual desire correlates with physical fitness. If you are in good physical condition, you feel better about yourself and more attractive to your partner. It is a “virtuous cycle”. The better your physical condition, the sexier you feel, the more sex you have, encouraging you to become even more fit. In the opposite way, men with big bellies have lower testosterone levels and less sexual desire.

So if you have any prejudice about sex and aging, update your old ideas. You can enjoy yourself more than ever, and benefit both your physical health as well as your mental health.

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