Low libido and erectile dysfunctions are issues fairly common in men over the age of 50, says a psychologist Dana Brendza, PsyD. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a solution to them.
The first step is to talk to your health provider. Its unlikely your health provider will initiate this conversation so you need to bring up this topic.
Here are tips to enjoy an active sex life long past old age.
- Watch your waistline
High blood pressure and cholesterol can cause the vascular problems that lead to trouble with your erections. Avoiding high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart disease may lessen the frequency of erection problems.
- Get your heart checked if needed
What if you already have an established condition, such as high blood pressure or diabetes? Pills can still be effective, but your health provider may want to check your heart.
It’s very important before dispensing these pills that practitioners make sure that heart function is good,’ Dr. Brendza says. The reason being that problems with erections can indicate other problems, such as significant heart disease.
- Don’t assume its low testosterone
Many experts are concerned too many men are being treated for low testosterone. However, a drop-off in desire can be related to hormones. For erection issues, it can be helpful to get your testosterone checked.
- Consider counseling
Sexual issues such as low libido and erectile dysfunction may have an emotional component, so psychological counseling may be an option.
- Talk to your partner if your sex drives are mismatched
It’s common for couples to have mismatched sex drives. If that’s the case, couples need to speak frankly about what is important to them sexually and try to come to a compromise to meet both of their needs.
Women may want to focus more on intimacy in a sexual relationship, while men may tend to focus more on the erectile aspects of sexual activity. In other words, ask your partner what she wants- and tell her what you want.
- Set aside time for sex
As men age, the stress and pressures of everyday life can create a barrier to sex. It’s important that couples set aside time to nurture the relationship and foster ongoing intimacy.