We all know that the sexuality and fertility of a woman would change significantly as she ages. Menopause is the culmination of these changes. They would occur rapidly over a couple of months. But then, men are not like that. There is nothing like menopause in men. A man can remain fertile even in very old age. But then, there are usually some gradual changes in a man’s sexuality as he grows older. Some people have even nicknamed these changes, ‘andropause’. We are going to be talking about these changes in this article. All of the following sexual changes occur in aging men except that they do not occur rapidly.
The sexual changes that occur in an aging man are primarily due to changes in the man’s testes. Usually, the mass of testicular tissue decreases as a man grows older. Since the testes are responsible for producing testosterone, you can tell what the effects would be. As the mass of testicular tissue decreases, the levels of testosterone would also decrease. Remember that these decreases occur gradually. What happens as a result is that the man’s sexual drive and functions may somewhat slow down. This is not a case of total shut down. No, it only slows down.
All of the Following Sexual Changes Occur In Aging Men Except
Before we talk about some of the sexual changes that do occur in aging men, let’s debunk some common myths. While it is true that sex would not remain the same as you age, you can still be satisfied with your sex-life.
It is not true that aging men are not sexually active
Older men are usually sexually active, even well into their 80s. Don’t even be fooled to think that older men are not sexy. The model pictures that pop culture puts on your TV screen may want you to believe so, but it’s a big fat lie.
The attributes that make a man sexy in his younger years usually remain appealing even when he has grown old. Forget about the laugh lines, paunchy midriffs and thinning hair. Let’s talk about that crooked smile, the infectious laugh, piercing brown eyes, and so on. They always remain intact, even in old age.
It is not true that sexuality is undignified in old age
Who told you that older people are not supposed to be having sex? That’s nothing but a myth. The real truth is that an active sex life keeps you healthy and can even make you live longer. So if you are old, feel very free to express your sexuality.
It is not true that a man’s sexual drive and functions would shut down as he grows older
To say the truth, some physical changes aren’t avoidable as you age. But then, this does not mean you would have overwhelming sexual problems. Even erectile issues that once posed great difficulty have been solved with the Viagra revolution.
The fact that your erection is softer in old age does not mean that you are losing interest in sex or that your sexual drive is shutting down. All you have to do is to be creative in your approach to lovemaking. Intensify your foreplay and put less emphasis on intercourse and/or orgasm.
How Aging Affects a Man’s Sexual Health
The changes that aging causes in a man’s sexuality include those that occur in his testicular tissues, erectile function, and sperm production.
We cannot say for sure that it is aging itself that causes these changes. Some experts believe that these changes are symptoms of some disorders that are associated with old age.
But then, one thing that we know for sure is that a man’s sexuality gradually slows down as he grows older. This slowing down begins as early as about the age of 20.
The peak of a man’s testosterone production is about the age of 20. As soon as a man crosses this age, his testosterone production starts declining at an average of 1-2 percent per year. Meanwhile, testosterone is the main hormone that controls sexual drive and functions in men.
This gradual decrease may get to a point where testosterone levels are low enough to significantly slow down the man’s sex life.
Meanwhile, the rates at which testosterone level decreases vary greatly from one man to another. Some 70-year-olds have similar testosterone levels to that of an average 30-year-old man.
The following sexual changes may occur as a man grows older:
- Reduced libido (sex drive)
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Your penis becomes less sensitive
- Weak ejaculation
- The volume of sperm produced is decreased
- Dry orgasm
- After orgasm, your penis would become limp more quickly
- Increased refractory period
Sex Tips for Aging Men
Here are a few tips that could help aging men have a more fulfilling and satisfying sex life:
- Be open with your partner about your sexual desires, needs, and concerns.
- Talk to your doctor if you have any chronic condition that could affect your sex life
- You could book an appointment with a sex therapist if need be
- Intensify your foreplay and put less emphasis on intercourse and/or orgasm
- Make changes in your routine to boost your sex life. Quality sleep is one of such changes
- Eat a well-balanced healthy diet to support your sexual health
- Exercise regularly to stay physically fit
- Cut back on alcohol
- Don’t smoke
- Never give up if you have challenges with your sex life. You can surmount them all
All of the following sexual changes occur in aging men except that they do not occur rapidly. Also, they cannot shut down your sexual drive and functions. They can only slow it down. But even at that, there is no challenge that old age brings to the sex life that you cannot surmount.