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Of course, I'd recommend therapy first for the couple to try to come to some sort of solution. Comments based on personal observations from friends in this age bracket. There may be an added benefit here. From an evolutionary view, you are useful if you can reproduce, secure resources or fight a war for your 'tribe'.
The brain has become hardwired for this and perhaps gets rewards dopamine, serotonin, Regular sex alone or with others keeps one in the useful category. As Woody Allen said, 'when I masturbate, I always cum at just the right time'. As you can see through the posts this issue will never be resolved.
There are a lot of hormones that doctors do not understand, they only look for a range wide level of testosterone, but natural testosterone is not the same throughout the day. Is this cycle of change the responsible for generating dopamine while sleeping? Endocrinologist are way to busy with type 2 diabetics, or thyroid problems. If they find testosterone deficiency they are hesitant to administer.
Pharmaceutical companies generating the long lasting half life of testosterone that do not degrades. My case may be unique in the sense that I overproduce insulin, just like the insulin resistance type 2. But I had always been underweight.
A1C is normal but I suffer from constant hypoglycemia. Levels of insulin in my body can reach double the amount that a regular person have. Of course testosterone levels are extremely low. Every time I start testosterone it is like returning to be 18 years old, but if the synthetic stays for too long in the system the affects disappear.
I stop the testosterone the values drop and the I restart and the I go back like being 18 again, but not more than a week. They do not understand relation between testosterone insulin and catecholamines.
Even do they literature states hormone imbalance is a factor for ED. They prefer the statement I am minimalist it is psychological or even the passive aggressive doctor I am not going to do nothing you only need my ex-wife. Now that arthritis or some sort of autoimmune issue is another factor it make it worst.
But of course, now we start to see literature that arthritis is psychological as well. My main point in response to this article is that I think there is more variety in men's sexuality and functioning with age than this article suggests. I'll respond specifically to some of the points in the article, and I really can only speak for myself. I guess I'm not the norm. That strikes me as total nonsense. I'm 66 and I've never had a problem getting an erection. The only change for me is that I don't pop the embarrassing unwanted boners I got all the time in my teens, 20's, 30's, and even later to some degree.
No they don't. It does NOT become increasingly problematic for all men over This is a nonsense generalization. Perhaps I'm in the minority, and perhaps I don't speak for most men my age. But I can tell you that in my case, I'm about as horny now as when I was a teen. I average about an orgasm a day, and could easily have half a dozen or more in a day if I wanted to.
If I skip a day, sex is about all I can think about the 2nd day! Rarely gone 3 days without sexual release in 50 years. I feel desire every time I look at an attractive woman -- maybe that's crazy, but that's me. No more than 20 percent of men over 60 have tried erection medication, let alone become regular users.
In my case, complete and utter nonsense. I'm shocked to hear this, actually. But then again, I don't much talk to my age peer males about sex.
I also disagree with the implication that I'm not interested in other forms of sex just because I still enjoy PIV sex. I've been enthusiastic about many erotic alternatives like erotic massage, light BDSM, etc. Never had a problem with these things either in my 50 years of having sex, alone or with a partner. In fact, I've always enjoyed getting to the brink of orgasm and staying there for a long time, which I guess isn't something you can easily do if you're dealing with PE or ED.
Oh, and I got to add one more thing here not mentioned in this article, but described elsewhere about older men, namely that their orgasms aren't as powerful. Mine orgasms are still nearly passing-out mind-blowing. This makes a lot of sense to me. I have none of these issues. Like the other person in his late 60's posting elsewhere here, I too have low blood pressure, regularly run marathons, BMI 21, come from a family with no history of heart disease and long lives in good health.
Only "up to several years"??! I would think it's a good bit more than that. If you compare someone running marathons and eating well to someone who doesn't exercise, eats lots of crap, smokes and is grossly overweight, I would think the difference in the onset of ED is going to be a little more than just a "few years" at the most.
I will grant you that genetics might have a big influence too. And their combined effect can certainly be more than just a "few years", and that I can personally attest to when I read about the ED problems of men in their 40's and 50's.
OK, I'll agree with you on that one. I suppose the problem is that the few men who do not decline as you describe are not likely to be paired up with a woman who similarly remains robust and horny for sex.
Perhaps that's true when both partners are somewhat evenly matched in their interest and decline and sexual functioning. But if the man remains robustly interested and capable and his partner has declined in her interest, I'd say the more likely thing is that man has found other or younger women on the side, especially if the interest and function discrepancy has proven itself to be unresolvable after some years.
Men in their 60's who retain a robust sexual appetite and functioning probably resent having to give up intercourse. And I hasten to add that women who retain a robust libido in their later years probably resent husbands who've given up on sex too. I'm not knocking one gender over another here -- but this article was only about men.
I enjoyed reading your responses and agree! This article paints a very bleak picture for me and its not true. I am glad to see a person with sense respond and challenge. I'm in my 40's and my husband is in his 70's, and he initiates sex nearly every night, sometimes he wakes me up for more. After reading this article and another that also stated men in their 70's only want it about once per week I am concerned he's doing this to keep me "satisfied" or just so I won't think he's lost his libido.
Any thoughts or comments would be welcome. Sounds like your husband is in great shape and loves sex. Men are not all the same, and that applies even more at age By that age, many are dead and never want sex, some are still alive and want no more sex and have ED, some want it only once a week, and some want it every day, etc. Once a week is only an average, like men being 5'9" is only an average -- doesn't mean all men are the same height. A strong libido and performance are good indicators of excellent health, so count it as a blessing.
My husband had some problems with circulation - I noticed his feet swelling and other symptoms. I was really worried and after a doctors visit we started walking together every night, keeping active through the day, I give him capsaicin in pill form as well as cooking with peppers occasionally and I try to make sure he is hydrated. This did increase his libido as well as his over-all health I think. I do count it as a blessing - I love him so much, I had loved him for years before I ever let him know how I felt.
How about addressing the options for older men with high sex drives who don't have ED, instead of just a patronizing article about how they "need to adjust to their new limitations" which don't apply to all men?
And, no, just saying that it's "inevitable" at some later point is not an answer NOW. Death itself is inevitable, but that's no answer any of life's problems.
As the author describes:. Even when men over 65 love erection medication, they are typically involved with women around their age, who develop post-menopausal dryness and vaginal tissue thinning atrophy that can make intercourse uncomfortable or painful even with plenty of lubricant. It seems like the author allows for this problematic conflict only "when men over 65 love erection medication", apparently entirely ruling out the possibility that men over 65 could actually be sexually functional without medication!
And this isn't the first time I've seen this patronizing advice -- that Viagra has "introduced problems" into marriages where the wives where thankful that sexual demands had finally diminished, only to have their husbands constantly pestering them with their new Viagra-induced erections, and having to worry that if they didn't "service" their husbands, they'd go out and find younger women to share their new "toy" with.
Again, very patronizing advice which assumes that there aren't already older men who never needed Viagra and have for years resented their wives diminished interests and inability to endure intercourse. I really think that needs to be addressed as a separate problem, not a problem that is ONLY the result of Viagra, for heaven's sake. Enjoy being more in synch.
Young men heat up much faster than young women, often finishing before their lovers have even warmed up to genital play. Older men take longer to become aroused—like women. So older couples become more erotically in synch, which enhances sexual and relationship satisfaction. Instead, it's likely that differences have occurred. And in a significant number of cases, those differences are severe. For example, there are plenty of post-menopausal women with roaring libidos, married to husbands with almost no libido and ED who have given up on sex.
And there are older men with roaring libidos and great erections married to women who lost interest in sex after childbirths decades earlier, and now menopause, who see their husbands continuing sexual demands to be nothing but a burden, if not downright painful. Human mind is born with imagination, I think the brain becomes sexually active from the age 7 when imagination starts growing and becomes a great help to learning and knowledge.
So, pleasure continues to satisfy a human heart with imagination, learning and advancing in knowledge. Sex is an important force is growing and knowledge so e experience different tastes and realities of pleasure We are not always consciously aware of the increase and intensity of our imaginations as our brain goes into relaxation and switches off. This is a biological fact in all humans as well as what we see in so many animals in our domestic environment.
I think for the over 60s a new kind of sex life evolves and its in more matured and advanced imaginations, not in physical sexual activity but purely and wholly mental only. It can be much more pleasurable and satisfying than physical sexual activity which will appear to be just pain and hardship with no satisfying results. In imaginations, a man can just turn away from the world and relax in meditation in a beautiful environment, look at rivers and streams, landscapes, forestry and let himself fly away into a paradise of imaginations, get the feelings of romance with a young girl as he feels the weather and beauty on earth No, erections don't always come from imagination.
It also responds to just touch through a pathway that goes only to the base of the spine and back, even without going through the brain. That's just muscular swelling or arousal. It can be easily avoided but when pleasurable imagination takes over the mind, it changes into sexual erection.
Sex is for pleasure only, also it can be avoided if one is not seeking pleasure. The doctors say that for erection and sex your mind must be engaged in it. Erection can happen even without engagement of the mind, as explained in an earlier post. Wow, I didn't predict the defensive responses to this article when I read it. The goal of The article was not to label people and their virility, so you need not prove anything to us here. The author is a true educator, using his personal experience to help others and give them options.
This conversation, like all humans' sexual options, needs to broaden. Bravo, author. I read all your posts for three reasons: candor, humor, and good writing.
How I have a fourth reason: entertaining reactions. Why don't you address the points actually made, rather than speculating what you think the motivations are for a poster, as if you are in some superior position of impartiality. Again, why don't you address the actual points, such as the statements by the author which in several cases suggested without qualification that men over 65 have increasing problems with libido and arousal, or that exemplary lifestyle habits extend sexual function "up to several years" implying that "several years" is the upper limit of the extension of function.
Perhaps that was taken out of context, but the statements by themselves seem provably pessimistic. I'd like to see more of an explanation for the author's pessimistic view, because that aspect of his article was the most surprising to me. So any disagreement with the author is taken as a sign that the comments must be made by someone who doesn't realize the author is a true educator?
Why don't you take the opposite view, that the poster wouldn't bother commenting if he did NOT think the author was a respected educator? Beth, your complaint about "defensive responses" and advice that "you need not prove anything to us here" is exceedingly lame considering the author specifically solicited exactly such feedback when he wrote "I would love to hear from older men and women involved with them.
My only general comment on this article is that particuarly at age 65, there is probably a wider variety of sexual capabilities than the author seems to imply. By your 60's and 70's, you've had a long time for cumulative effects of diet and exercise, not to mention genetically-influenced differences in aging and health, to take effect.
The differences are probably greater at 65 than when you start out at age 20, for example. Or, as a point of humor, the differences are much greater than the differences we have in our sexual function by age , when we're all equally dead. I just do not understand why most articles I read spells doom and gloom for older couples when it comes to sex.
I am 66 and my wife is 63 and we have sex at least times a week and have been doing this for 45 years We are both vegeterians and have been for 35 years She is multiorgasmic and is more moist now than she was when younger and busy with 4 kids She looks after herself and is very attractive and sexy We have sex for at least minutes and we love it and still experiment My erections are as hard as they ever were but I can control my orgasm and can come when I need to now We are both experienced and know and understand our bodies more so than when we were younger and are not over weight.
I hope we are not the only couple who are still healthy and are very sexually active We think we are having the best sex of our lives This is a positive post and if anyone wants advice happy to oblige.
Milton, I'm in much the same position. The risk of sexual problems was linked to smoking, obesity, heavy drinking, and the time spent watching television. In contrast, regular physical exercise and moderate alcohol consumption help preserve good sexual function. In this respect, the study agrees with earlier research showing that erectile dysfunction can be prevented.
Chronic illness and the medications used to treat them account for many of the sexual problems of older men; depression can also take a toll. But even in healthy men, a slow change in sexuality begins in middle age and continues throughout life. Whereas most older men retain an interest in sex, it is generally a far cry from the preoccupation with sex that is so common in youth.
Although interest is retained, desire tends to wane; many older men think about sex but do not have the drive to put theory into practice. Most men experience decreased sexual responsiveness with increasing age. Erections occur more slowly, and they depend more on physical stimulation than erotic thoughts. Even when erections develop, most men in their sixties report that their penile rigidity is diminished and harder to sustain. The ejaculatory phase also changes with age. The muscular contractions of orgasm are less intense, ejaculation is slower and less urgent, and there is a longer refractory period following intercourse, when men cannot respond to sexual stimulation.
Semen volume and sperm counts decline, as does fertility. The study evaluated sexuality but not relationships. Sexual intercourse requires a partner, but male sexuality demonstrates age-related changes that do not depend on interpersonal factors. Nocturnal erections diminish with age; men between 45 and 54 average 3. Nocturnal erections also tend to become briefer and less rigid with age. Life may not begin at 80, but sex life doesn't automatically end with advancing age.
Many surveys report that the frequency of sexual activity declines, but they disagree about how often older couples have intercourse. An interesting aspect of the book is the inclusion of case studies after each chapter, with comments from the author. This book should interest all psychiatrists, especially those working in the area of psychogeriatrics and sexual dysfunction.
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