Sex after 60

Sex after 60

I am Dr.Rios and I practice medicine in Clínica Médica Familiar in the city of Tucson, Arizona.
Talking about sex especially after 60 years of age, is a topic that most people prefer to avoid. However, I have discovered that a great deal of my patients is very interested in knowing more about sex after 60. Here I’ve written the most common questions that my seniors citizens have about sex.

A 61-year-old woman asked me this;
I’ve been married for 35 years and I don’t want to have sex anymore because my vagina is very dry and sex is very painful.

Dr. Rios -It is natural to see that the vagina loses its normal lubricants but today there are lubricants available in pharmacies that do not require a prescription. If this does not work, your doctor can prescribe a vaginal medication that can treat the dryness.

A 60-year-old man asked me that he wanted to have sex but he could not get an erection.

Dr Rios-Today there are many medicines that we can use to improve the erection
and there are very little contraindications for the use of Viagra. The most common reason that older men don’t use Viagra is because they are afraid or they feel ashamed to ask the doctor. If you need Viagra, ask your doctor.

A senior male asked me if he can have sex after having a heart attack.

Dr. Rios -Yes, there are some times when it is not recommended to have sex after a heart attack, usually a few weeks after the event. However, after a certain time you attack can have regular sex.
It is always a good idea to ask the cardiologist.

A senior female told me that she has no desire to have sex but her husband insist on it.

Dr. Rios -The most common cause for a lack of sex is a psychological reason. When we reach an older age, many feel that sex is only for young people. We may feel that we are too old for that, but in reality it is a social and cultural belief. It has been proven that woman and men older than 60 may have a normal and satisfactory sexual relations. In fact, we know that sex is recommended to improve the body function, decrease depression, improve the heart function, and bring happiness and hope.

There are some medical problems that affect sex after 60 like diabetes, hypertension, arthritis and depression just to mention a few, but most of these problems can be controlled. In my practice, I have seen that the most common reason seniors do not have satisfactory sex is because they just don’t ask the doctor for help.