It is well known that erectile dysfunction, one of the most common sexual disorders among men, is more prevalent in adult elderly than in young men. However, this does not mean that its occurrence in younger people should go be neglected. According to the University of Wisconsin report, there is an approximate correlation between the percent of men who suffer from average to moderate erectile dysfunction and age.
Sex is ageless. Even if passion and libido are inevitably destined to change over time, many couples continue to enjoy intimate moments together after their eighties. And that is a good thing, because an active sex life can be a balm for our physical and mental health in every stage of life. It is important to learn how to live with our changing bodies to avoid disappointments and unnecessary health risks.
FOCUS: Sexual dysfunctions. At the moment, we do not yet know the precise effects that the Covid-19 pandemic has on sex. While the virus has been found in the semen, faeces and urine of positive patients (but not in vaginal fluid), it cannot yet be established with certainty if the disease is transmitted sexually. And we still do not know what effects the pandemic and the lockdown have had on sexual dysfunction.
FOCUS: Infidelity. The Covid-19 pandemic – and the consequent lockdown – has affected not only the “standard” couple patterns, but also the way we communicate and interact. Even before the Covid-19, the different ways of communicating that we currently have available allowed us to interact with others and to experience strong emotions without necessarily needing to physically meet. We can experience sexual desire, we can feel desired, understood, satisfied, rejected and afraid. We can experience all of this without leaving our homes.
FOCUS: The effects of the emergency and stress on the libido. The Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting lockdown has brought about profound changes, not only in the areas of medical field and public health, but also in many aspects of daily life. Naturally, this also touches on our emotional and sexual wellbeing. One of the aspects affected by the lockdown is how we dealt with the emergency and the stress, and how the chosen strategy affected the libido.
It certainly is not something men like to talk about. But a low libido, especially later in life, is something that can be dealt with. And since there are cures and because, as explained by Barry McCarthy, professor emeritus of psychology and and sex therapist expert at the American University in Washington, a low libido can hurt a couple more than any other sex related disorder. A decreasing in sexual desire happens gradually and isn’t helpful to measure sexual interest against the frequency of sexual relations. All the same, there needs to be some way to measure sexual desire.
Sexual desire in women fluctuates naturally with the passing of time. The highs and lows often coincide with the beginning or ending of a relationship, or with important life changes such as pregnancy, menopause or illness. Certain medicines used in the treatment of mood disorders can also affect it. But if the lack of interest in sex are ongoing or recurring and are worrying, it might be due to a specific condition which is called sexual interest/arousal disorder.
Cramps and stomach pain can darken our moments of intimacy. It’s called dyspareunia and it can occur before, during or after sex. It can significantly impact the quality of life for the individual and the couple. More common among women, but not completely unknown to men, it is linked to a number of causes some of which can be resolved through therapy. Others, however, are due to one’s anatomy or malformations of the reproductive system. In this case, it is necessary to learn to live with the difficulties it can cause.
Everyone has their personal preferences in the bedroom. Even when talking about erogenous zones, we all get different amounts of pleasures from different areas. So it’s difficult to give general rules that are good for everyone. But there is one, which is extremely basic. That is, to observe your pay attention to how your partner behaves, because the attention they are giving to you probably reflects their own desires and preferences.
Sexual intimacy is not only about penetrative sexual intercourse and orgasm, although it is often seen as consisting of them. There may be sexual intimacy without penetrative intercourse and orgasm and there may be no sexual intimacy even though both are present. Sexual Intimacy can be defined as a condition of physical and/or emotional closeness characterized by the exchange of emotions and sensations while Sexual dysfunction is characterized by the persistent impairment of a person’s normal pattern of sexual response that may trigger distress.
Sexual dysfunctions are common health problems, which are a concern for 20–40% of the adult population in Europe (1). There are a variety of sexual difficulties of different sexual identities. However, erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, hypoactive sexual desire disorder and anorgasmia are the most common ones in men.
Hypertensions could also affect your sex life. Men with untreated hypertension have weaker blood flow in the penis than the norm. This was presented in a new study presented at the European Congress of Cardiology 2020 by coordinator Charalambos Vlachopoulos and a team of scientists from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. But there is some good news.
It’s a little gland the size of a walnut, hiding just behind the bladder. During sex, it produces and emits prostate fluid, which is the liquid that contains important substances that help to nourish and guide the sperm. Obviously, we are talking about the prostate. This organ that, with age, causes some to suffer from the “benign prostatic hyperplasia,” which is an abnormal enlargement that can compromise its proper functioning and push on the urethra preventing the flow of urine.