There’s a common misconception in our culture that sexuality and sexual activity go by the wayside as we age.
It may be true that some kinds of sexual activity, such as penetrative intercourse, are more challenging as our bodies change.
But that doesn’t mean anyone’s sex life should end after age 50.
In fact, opportunities to enjoy sex abound thanks to outercourse, or non-penetrative sexual activity. Shifting the focus to outercourse can open up a whole new world of sexual experimentation, excitement, intensity, and pleasure. Read on to learn how sexuality is affected as our bodies age and how to keep things spicy in the bedroom — no matter what — by exploring the joys of outercourse.
As people grow older, sexual relationships and abilities naturally undergo a variety of shifts. Not surprisingly, these changes manifest differently in men and women.
For women, changes in sexual appetites and abilities are often linked to the natural drop in estrogen levels typically experienced around the age of 50. Because estrogen is responsible for keeping the vaginal area moist and elastic, a decrease in estrogen contributes to a drying, tightening, and thinning effect — all of which changes the sensitivity of the vulva, vagina, and clitoris. Older women may also discover it takes longer to feel arousedand reach orgasm, or that vaginal thinning and dryness make penetrative activities too painful. Both women and men may also struggle with positive body image as they age.
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For men, sexual changes may result in the form of less firm and less frequent erections, premature ejaculation, a slower buildup to being turned on, and the need for manual stimulation over fantasies in order to get aroused.Erectile dysfunction (ED) — or the inability to develop or maintain an erection during sex—is also a common complaint. In fact, approximately 40 percent of 40-year-old men and nearly 70 percent of 70-year-old men report experiencing ED.
Sexual intimacy doesn’t have to vanish as we age. In fact, by embracing outercourse and exploring activities including mutual masturbation, oral sex, erotic massage, and toy play, older adults may find their sexual landscape expands with age.
Infographic provided by www.xsandos.net – Sexual Wellness Resource Center For Adults over 50.
Embrace new approaches to sex, and you may find your sexual enjoyment is just getting started.