Sex: It’s a subject that few of us want to broach when we’re young, let alone when we’re older, but it’s something that we absolutely need to talk about (as well as engage in!). Sex is a terrific way to stay physically and mentally healthy, but with a few more rings on our tree, is sex still the same? Perhaps you’ve just come out of a long-term relationship in which sex had subsided or maybe it’s just been a while, but when you’re planning to get a little naughty over 60, there are some things you need to know, but what are they? Join us as we share them below.
Sex over 60 isn’t destined to be bad. Society tells us that great sex is only something that young people have, but that couldn’t be further than the truth. According to a 2013 Saga survey, 71% of over 50s reported having a healthy sex life, with similar numbers over 60 reporting the same. Indeed, sex as you get older often gets better, with many postmenopausal women reporting that they reach arousal much faster than they did before as if you needed a reason to hop into bed.
So many of us feel that because we’re no longer the young specimens we once were, we’re not going to be able to make love like we used to, and feel the way it used to make us feel. Well, take it from us when we say that’s total nonsense. Infections have to be kept in mind. The menopause might well mean that a woman can no longer get pregnant, but that doesn’t mean the risks from unprotected sex are gone entirely. Sexually transmitted infections can still pass between people at any age, and it remains a shocking fact that one in five heterosexuals diagnosed with HIV were over 50. Coming out of a long-term relationship you might find yourself surprised by the need to wear contraception with new partners, but it’s a real necessity if you’re going to protect yourself. Remember to only use condoms with the European CE mark, and to avoid novelty or old condoms.
Our bodies have changed. Despite the fact that’s sex is often still fantastic into our sixties, there’s no denying that our bodies have changed over the years.
We’re often less flexible than we used to be, can have the lower stamina and can struggle to maintain arousal or return to it after sex. For women, additional lubrication might well be required. For men, occasional or persistent erectile dysfunction isn’t a rare occurrence. The good news is though that these so-called ‘issues’ are easily fixed. Sex can be whatever you want it to be, and with a trip to the chemist or doctor, you can overcome any problems you might be coming up against.
Finding the right partner is essential though, so don’t delay, sign up for over 60 dating today and start on the path to fulfillment.