Overcome challenges and bring back pleasure
Cleveland Clinic – Has sex become more of a chore than a pleasure? Or worse, has it become painful?
For many women over the age of 50, these feelings can be common, says gynecologist Katie Propst, MD.
Dr. Propst offers the following tips to help you overcome difficulties so you can enjoy an active sex life well into your 70s and 80s.
Consider health and medications
Dr. Propst says it can often be overall health or an underlying medical condition that is lowering your libido. Sometimes reviewing your medications and making adjustments to your dosages or changing the medications you are taking will help.
A clinician may also recommend medications such as low-dose vaginal estrogen for postmenopausal women if lubricants and moisturizers are ineffective. If the estrogen does not help, there are other medications and treatments to help with the discomfort.
Be sure you are managing any health conditions, getting enough sleep and avoiding too much alcohol. If you’ve gained weight, focus on getting more physical activity.
One of the best and easiest exercises can be walking at a brisk pace on a regular basis.
Certain medical conditions limit sexual activity. This is when individuals and couples need to get creative. Try different sexual positions to make intercourse more comfortable, or try alternatives to intercourse such as massage, different types of lubricants and sexual toys.
Enjoy the intimacy of these alternatives and remember to laugh. And don’t get discouraged if you don’t agree on everything – try to find something you both accept as fun or interesting to try.
Talk to your doctor
Sometimes patients can feel rushed or uncomfortable talking about issues of sexuality when they see their gynecologist, but don’t miss this opportunity to have a real conversation with your doctor.
“Ob/Gyns understand the reasons for dysfunction and we can work with you to get to the underlying problem,” says Dr. Propst … Read more.
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