Are problems with your erections or low libido putting a damper on your sex life? These issues are fairly common in men over age 50, but this doesn’t mean you can’t work against them.
The first step: Talk to your doctor
If you’re concerned about erectile dysfunction, talk to your doctor — even if you’re embarrassed.
Be prepared to provide your doctor with detailed information. This is not simply a matter of walking into the doctor’s office, emerging with a prescription, and regaining your erections. Your doctor will try to determine the cause of your ED in order to recommend an effective treatment.
Sometimes, treating an underlying condition is enough to reverse erectile dysfunction. In other cases, medications or other direct treatments might be needed.
There’s also lifestyle changes that you can make that can help improve your love life if you’re over the age of 50.
In this article we go over tips and advice that can help build up your confidence, and also help you have a “stronger” erection and better love life if you’re 50 and older.
Watch your waistline
High blood pressure, high blood sugar and high cholesterol can cause the vascular problems that lead to trouble with your erections.
It’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle by exercising and keeping your weight down. Avoiding high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol as well as heart disease may lessen the frequency of erection problems — or at least delay their onset.
Get your heart checked
What if you already have an established condition, such as high blood pressure or diabetes? Pills can still be effective, but your doctor may want to check your heart. It’s very important before dispensing these pills that practitioners make sure that your heart function is good. The reason: Problems with erections can indicate other problems, such as significant heart disease.
Don’t assume it’s 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.
For men over the age of 40 it’s important that your doctor investigate and address the reasons why you have low testosterone, or low sexual desire.
There is help available for low T, at Niva Men’s Health. We’ll get you a definite diagnosis from one of our qualified men’s health physicians.
Sexual issues such as low libido and erectile dysfunction may have an emotional component, so psychological counseling may be an option.
It’s important to consider the possibility that a psychological issue could be causing your sexual troubles. Anxiety, depression, life stress and relationship problems can contribute to men’s sexual difficulties. And in these cases, counseling may be helpful.
You and your partner can also visit a sex therapist or couples therapist together. A couples sex therapist can greatly help you and your partner overcome any mental and physical obstacles that you may be having.
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. (This is a great subject to talk with a sex therapist about)
One partner may want to focus more on intimacy in a sexual relationship, while the other may tend to focus more on the erectile aspects of sexual activity.
Intimacy and pleasure can be experienced in many ways other than intercourse, so you may want to experiment to meet each other’s needs. Make an effort to be open to trying something new. In other words, ask your partner what they want — and tell them 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, even if the methods change over time. When this happens, couples can enjoy a healthy intimate relationship well into their 70s and 80s.
How to rekindle desire after years of low libido and no sex
Remember, sex is not only about performing or “making” your partner orgasm. It’s also about mindfulness and gentleness.
Instead, think of sex as an experience in touch, smell, sight, sound, temperature, and more.
Feel each sensation and learn what turns your partner on. As it’s been a while since you and your partner have been intimate, take the time to explore each other. Sometimes the foreplay of something like a sexual massage can be just as satisfying as the act of sex itself.
Being intimate again after a long time off will be just like learning to ride a bike, you may need to joke about messing up. Laugh together about the sex bloopers. Energize and grow your sex life again! If you have anxiety about sex because you haven’t had sex in so long, this is okay and normal.
Consider acoustic sound wave therapy
More than 50% of men experience difficulties in the bedroom as they age. Acoustic sound wave therapy is scientifically proven to treat ED and improve sexual performance whether you have ED or not.
ESWT can alleviate symptoms associated with a number of conditions, including erectile dysfunction and Peyronie’s disease. At NIVA Men’s Health, we use GAINSWave® to perform ESWT.
These treatments are completely non-invasive, don’t involve any surgery or drugs, and are performed in a simple in-office procedure.
The result is improved blood supply to the penis, producing harder, longer-lasting erections, enhanced sensitivity, and an increase in penis girth.
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For men looking to treat their ED, or if you’re someone that just wants to enhance their sexual performance, NIVA Men’s Health is the leading treatment center for ED, not only do we offer the revolutionary Gainswave treatment we also offer the man shot, testosterone replacement therapy and treatments for Peyronie’s disease and premature ejaculation.
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