Once you reach your 50s, you may need more stimulation to achieve an erection or orgasm. But what's the hurry? More foreplay and masturbation can make sex more intimate.
Carol Queen, Ph.D., staff sexologist at San Francisco-based Good Vibrations and author of "The Sex & Pleasure Book: Good Vibrations Guide to Great Sex for Everyone," said this decade of life tends to pose more health challenges: in women, the impacts of menopause, and in men, erectile issues. But age doesn't define your sex life. Yes, it can throw some additional physical and hormonal challenges into the ring, but many people find sex gets better with age. There are even some health benefits you may not have considered.
For instance, sex is a form of exercise, and having it regularly might come with both physical and mental health benefits. In 2019, researchers from University College London spoke to 2,577 men and 3,195 women ages 50 and older about their sex lives. According to the results, participants enjoyed life more when they were sexually active. Plus, men who continued to have a busy sex life as they aged had better cognitive performance than those who didn't.
To help you reap those benefits, experts have some advice on maintaining a healthy sex life despite age-related challenges.