Changes in Sexuality

Many people are under the assumption that once you reach a certain age, sex is no longer an important part of your life, if it is a part of your life at all. This is simply not true. Granted, elderly people may not be as rambunctious as young adults when it comes to sexual exploits, but they do still have the desire to have sex, even into their late eighties. Sex is an important part of any relationship and does not exclude itself from the relationships of older people. However, men and women do undergo changes in their sexuality as they age.

Changes in Men

One of the main concerns of men as they age is that their ability to achieve erection is affected. In some men, it may take longer and require more stimulation to achieve erection, and even then it may not be as firm as it was in their young adult years.

Some men are unable to achieve erection at all. This is referred to as impotence. Impotence doesn't only affect elderly men; younger men will also likely suffer this at least once in their lives.

If you are experiencing erectile dysfunction, you may want to look into the possibility of Viagra. This medication has proved to be quite effective in cases of impotence. It also has very few side effects, but possible side effects include headaches and stomach queasiness. Men who have heart conditions cannot take it. Because impotence may be related to other medications, it's important to discuss it with your doctor.

Impotence can result from psychological or emotional issues, including excessive stress, worry, fatigue, anger, or depression. Impotence is also linked to certain physical causes or disease including reduced testosterone levels, heart disease, diabetes, drug use, or as a side effect of taking certain medications. An inability to perform is rather embarrassing and frightening for a man.

As he feels more and more pressure to perform or feels anxiety about the changes in his body, a man may psyche himself up so much that he is unable to achieve erection. While impotence is usually only temporary, some men may become so frustrated with it that they begin to fear sexual experiences and thus feed the pressure to perform, in turn causing erectile dysfunction.

Changes in Women

Menopause is probably the greatest change a woman will undergo during middle adulthood. Menopause is the most common cause for sexual changes in women as they age. Following menopause, a woman's vaginal canal may be shortened and thinned and sometimes even becomes smaller all around. Many women also experience a decrease in lubrication.

The combination of a smaller vagina and less lubrication can make sex uncomfortable. Both men and women experiencing sexual changes due to aging should discuss these issues with their partner. By maintaining open communication, romantic partners can take steps to deal with potential problems that may arise.

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