As men age they often begin noticing changes in their sexual activity. Just like women experience changes in their hormone levels due to menopause, men go through their own sexual difficulties. While it is perfectly normal for older men to still experience a full and satisfying sex life, they may also begin to experience problems getting and sustaining an erection. It is also common for men to notice a decrease in their desire to engage in intercourse and other sexual activities. Like women, the majority of the changes are due to aging and lower hormonal levels.
Sex and Aging MenIt is common for men to experience difficulties in the bedroom as they grow older and learning how to recognize some of these changes can help men learn how to treat them.
AndropauseThis is often called "male menopause" and usually the lower hormonal levels begin to affect men in their early to mid-50. Unlike women who experience a rapid decrease in their estrogen levels, a man's testosterone levels tend to drop less dramatically. This decrease in the male sex hormone differs in individual men, though the decrease generally begins in a man's 30's. Even though the decrease is gradual, it can still lead to some unpleasant side effects. These can include;
- Fatigue and a dramatic loss of energy.
- A decrease in a man's desire to have sex.
- Declining strength and sexual stamina, especially during intercourse.
- Difficult sustaining an erection.
- Irritability or changes in mood.
Certain foods can help increase testosterone levels, along with supplements and medications. Always speak to a health care professional before attempting to treat your lower testosterone levels yourself.
A Decrease in Sexual Desire
Erectile DysfunctionWhile erectile dysfunction or impotence is not directly caused by aging, growing older can put you at a higher risk of developing a health condition that can make it difficult for you to get and sustain an erection. This sexual dysfunction can be caused by a number of different factors including excess alcohol consumption, mental or physical conditions, or even certain medications. Any man who is suffering from erectile dysfunction should speak with their health care provider. In some cases a change in lifestyle can also correct the problem. Some remedies that other men have had success with include;
- Limiting intake of alcohol.
- Quitting smoking.
- Eating a well-balanced diet.
- A regular exercise program.
- Lowering stress levels
- Maintaining a healthy lifestyle
Other men have used medications, injections, or surgery (penile implants) to help with their erection problem, but there are several health risks that are involved and they must be done with the approval from a health care professional.
Other OptionsHarsh medications and surgeries can often do more harm than good, but there are other options with lower risks of harmful side effects. Penis rings are safe and effective for any man who is healthy enough to engage in sexual intercourse. The elastic ring simply slides down to the base of the penis, to help hold and keep it erect during sexual activities. Not only is it safe, it is also extremely effective.
Penile vacuums are not for everyone, and they work exactly like the name implies. The vacuum is placed over the head of the penis which then helps it to hold an erection. A tension band is also slipped around the base of the penis, to help hold the erection until an orgasm is reached. While there are only a few risks involved with the vacuum, an occasional accident has been known to happen.