Sex becomes one of the essential parts of physical and emotional health of many adults. Regular sex helps in increasing intimacy and in expressing feelings between partners, and it improves physical health because of its ability to reduce stress. As people age, it does not mean that they have to end their sex life, rather, an active sex life, even in the latter stage of life can help in extending lifespan.
However, the aging process naturally affects the frequency of sex because of the changes in the sexual physiology of both men and women. For instance, the testosterone levels of men start to decrease, resulting in a decrease of sexual arousal, erection, and ejaculation as well. However, these changes do not mean that adults no longer have to engage in sex. This only requires an adjustment in their strategies. It may involve a need for more manual and direct stimulation, to elicit full arousal and erection from the partner.
Compared to younger years, adult men tend to have less warning time before they ejaculate, and their ejaculation often includes a less forceful release with less sperm. Erection also disappears quickly after orgasm, and before another erection is possible, it takes a longer time before it occurs. In women, they may experience vaginal thinning and dryness because there is a decrease in their estrogen level as they enter their menopausal stage. This also affects their self-esteem and sexual arousal. Because of treatments for health conditions such as heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, and obesity, which accompany aging, sex also becomes more difficult in general for both parties.
However, sex offers many benefits, especially to older people. One of these is the stimulating effect that it has on brain function. It also eases emotional unsettlement, anxiety, and depression among adults because of its pleasing effect. In addition, there is an increase in the levels of oxytocin when one engages in sex. The increase in oxytocin levels lowers stress levels and anxiety. It also enhances the response of blood vessels to stress, which prevents high blood pressure and minimizes stroke risks.
Endorphins are known as natural painkillers. During sex, there is a release of these, which helps in easing the physical pains that adults experience. The risk of prostate cancer among men is also lowered through regular ejaculation.
Sex must not come to an end just because one is getting older. In fact, it offers more benefits to the physical and emotional health of adults, making them live a more satisfying life, and giving them a healthier relationship.