Sex can still be satisfying but will be different from younger years, and might need to be adapted for current age, disability, illness, or surgery-induced body changes.Older adults are more vulnerable to sexually transmitted infections (STIs) than younger adults. Know your partner’s sexual background before having oral, vaginal, or anal sex. Talk about your sexual histories, any past STIs, results of STI testing, and whether either of you has ever injected illegal drugs.They can also recommend treatments for conditions that can affect your sex life, such as incontinence.Effective treatments for vaginal dryness include over-the-counter moisturizers and lubricants, and prescription estrogen creams, tablets, and rings that you insert vaginally.Nine middle-aged men and women are sitting in a circle in a cluttered, colorful classroom in a church annex in Austin. Her husband, Eugene, sitting nearby, was raised in Spain and has handsome features and courtly manners. "Touch one of your hands with the other," she says. Tonight's class is one of 14 in the seven-month course, which is the result of an initiative of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and the United Church of Christ (UCC).Judith, the oldest, is an artist, and her long, curly gray hair is piled into a messy halo atop her head. "Feel the smoothness and roughness of all the various parts, the places where it's dry or moist." Some of the students close their eyes as they follow her instructions. Since 1998 the institutions have coproduced sex education materials for children ages 5 to 18; as church leadership reexamined the curricula, they noticed a need for age-appropriate material for grown-ups.
The best way to protect yourself and your partner is for the two of you to get tested for HIV and other STIs before you start having sex.Many older adults are remaining or becoming sexually active.This is because of better health among older adults, longer lifespans, more open attitudes toward sexuality, internet dating, and the availability of medications like Viagra and estrogen products.It can also be due to side effects from medications such as antidepressants or high blood pressure medications, as well as alcohol use.Because ED may be the first sign of an underlying medical condition, talk to your healthcare provider if you experience this problem. Before using ED medications and over-the-counter and herbal sex aids, make sure to discuss them with your provider or pharmacist." There's one simple reason those questions aren't tackled, Tino says. Most of what affects our sexuality happens in adulthood—long-term relationships, breakups, parenthood, illness, sheer exhaustion from managing life." Although the courses the churches prepared were aimed at adults in their 20s to early 30s, to the organizers' surprise, middle-aged parishioners have stampeded the discussion-based program.Students in tonight's class, for instance, are in their late 40s to mid-60s.ED increases with age, but it is not always a part of growing older.ED can be due to medical conditions such as heart disease or diabetes or emotional problems such as depression, anxiety, and stress.After wrapping up the discussion about self-touch, during which Tuttle encourages students to "think about sensuality broadly and not shut off the pleasure of getting to know the whole body," she and her coteacher, Michael West, an economic development project manager in the Texas A&M University system, explain the next exercise: a sexuality timeline.(OWL facilitators are trained over three days, and the program is typically team taught, usually by a woman and a man.) Thirty feet of newsprint is rolled out across two long tables. The men are assigned one sheet; the women, the other.