Sexual Health For Mature Women

Aging or hitting menopause doesn’t mean your sex life has to come to a screeching halt. In fact, it’s just the opposite. As long as your body and mind cooperate, you may be capable of having sex until the day you die. Given all the time you have between now and then, you owe it to yourself to make the most of it. Here are some of the best ways to keep your libido going, your body prepared, and to protect you sexual health as you age.

Working with your doctor is paramount to keeping your sex life going. Annual physicals and pelvic exams don’t exactly conjure up sexy feelings, but you can do much more with a happy, healthy body than an ailing one. Talk with your doctor about aches and pains, new or worsening symptoms of illness, medications, and be sure to address any concerns you have about your sexual health or fitness. It’s not uncommon for unrelated diseases or fluctuating hormones to tamper with your libido or your physical readiness for sex. Keeping your doctor up to date on your health will help her guide you toward solutions that leave you feeling both healthy and sexy.

Don’t be afraid to explore your new freedom. Women who have hit menopause can typically do away with any hormonal birth control they’ve been on, and many report feeling freer without the worries of contraception. Speaking of freedom, older women are also hitting the dating market. Whether you’ve come through a divorce or suffered the loss of a partner, don’t be afraid to start dating when you feel the time is right. There are many social clubs and even dating websites geared toward the 50+ crowd. There’s a good chance you can connect with someone, whether you’re after a summer fling or a lifelong commitment.

However, you should be aware that freedom has its limits. You may not need to worry about pregnancy, but sexually transmitted diseases don’t care how old you are or how free you feel. In fact, roughly one in every four people living with HIV/AIDS in the U.S. is over the age of 50. If your knowledge of STDs is out of date, don’t be afraid to do a little research. Read up online or talk to your doctor about what you need to know. Use protection, like latex condoms, with new partners and talk to your doctor about testing for STDs. They can help you determine if and how often you should be tested for STDs. If you are having sex and develop new symptoms, don’t let fear or embarrassment keep you away from the doctor. Many infections can be treated and even cured, but the sooner you see your doctor, the better off you’ll be.

Finally, make yourself familiar with your body and what it’s doing. It’s normal for your libido to change after menopause. You may find you have a harder time getting aroused, and you may suffer dryness or discomfort during sex. These are normal, but there’s no reason you have to suffer through them. Hormone replacement therapy, artificial lubrication, foreplay and masturbation can all help with these problems. Don’t be afraid to read up on the common symptoms of menopause, listen to the experiences of other women, or explore your own body to better understand what you need.

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