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Sex After 50: Top 3 Problems and Solutions

For many people, having sex after 50 – when you’re in the throes of menopause – can also be hot, but maybe not in the way you’d prefer. While it’s true that sex after menopause can be different mentally, emotionally, and physically, it can also lead to better sex than you ever thought possible.

Here are 3 of the most common issues you may face with sex after 50, and the solutions for each.

Issue: Vaginal Dryness with Sex After 50

It’s a bit ironic that between night sweats and hot flashes, it can seem like all of your pores are sweating except  the ones ‘down there.’ A common symptom of menopause is vaginal dryness which develops because your body is discontinuing its estrogen production.

When ovulation stops, the volume of estrogen in your system drops because your ovaries are not generating enough estrogen anymore. And it’s estrogen that keeps vaginal tissue lubricated, thus the sudden dry feeling you’re now experiencing.

So what’s the difference?  Night sweats and hot flashes typically lessen as you move past menopause. But vaginal dryness can get worse and become chronic if not dealt with.

Solution: Have Sex Anyway

This is actually one of the best things you can do to battle vaginal dryness because an absence of estrogen also has an effect on the blood flow in the pelvic region. However, having sex arouses it, which leads to more dampness in your vagina by revitalizing cells.

If you’re having sex on a regular basis and it’s painful, don’t worry. You can try over-the-counter treatments, like vaginal moisturizers or personal lubricant.

Issue: Low Libido

Remarkably, a lot of women want more sex after 50. In some cases, in that perimenopausal period when you’re approaching menopause women will experience a high testosterone level, which means a higher libido.

If you find yourself with no desire to have sex after 50, that’s also quite common. The absence of yearning can stem from other issues related to the vagina, like dryness. And treating those symptoms can have a domino effect on boosting your libido.

Solution: Raise Your Testosterone Levels

The ebb and flow of hormones after 50 can have an effect on your libido. There isn’t currently a testosterone treatment for women that has been approved by the FDA, but your doctor can prescribe some form of it. But if it’s determined that a prescription isn’t right for you, you have other options. One of the most effective ways to boost your libido is to switch things up in bed.

Issue: Body Confidence

Your body is changing and sometimes that can have a negative effect on body image. But that doesn’t mean you can’t feel sexy. As you’re aging, your partner is also aging. And even if you’re still extremely in love after all these years of being together, you might find that you’re no longer as attracted to them.

Solution: Get into A Fitness Routine

The key here for you and your partner is to do things that make you feel your healthiest and your best in your own skin. If your hips are painful it’s going to be difficult to have sex. If you visit the gym regularly and stay fit, you’ll be a lot fitter for sex after 50.

This new phase of your life might also introduce an opportunity to experiment. Try to masturbate more frequently and try using a vibrator. Not only do they make you feel good, but vibrators have benefits that can improve your sex life in other ways. They have been proven to enhance the blood flow and supply to the genital area.

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