As we grow older, it’s only natural for our bodies to go through some pretty phenomenal changes. And while many of these changes grow on us as we age (a smile line here, a cute wrinkle there), there are also some rather unfortunate side effects that come with ageing—particularly when it comes to sex. However, even though you can’t turn back the hands of time, there are a few tips and tricks you can use to maintain a healthy sex life as you age, despite facing these common side effects. Read on to learn more!
Reduced Vaginal Size and Reduced Vaginal Lubrication
A woman’s vagina shortens and narrows as she progresses in years. Additionally, the walls of the vagina become thinner and stiffer. The change in vaginal size shouldn’t pose any threat to sexual enjoyment, but the dramatic decrease in vaginal lubrication that commonly goes hand-in-hand with ageing can.
What you can do: Try using a water-based or silicone-based lubricant when engaging in sex to prevent intercourse from becoming painful. If using a lubricant doesn’t work, you may want to look into undergoing a procedure or injection to stimulate lubrication and blood flow, such as the O-Shot or vaginal rejuvenation.Reduced Sexual Desire
Whether it arises from the medications you take to address conditions or the natural decline of oestrogen in your body as you enter menopause; oftentimes women will experience a marked decrease in sexual libido.
What you can do: Talk to your doctor about switching to a medication that has less of an effect on your libido if you believe your medication is the root of the problem. If you’re menopausal, you may want to research a hormone replacement therapy, such as BioTe.