There are many things in this world that get better as they get older. A fine glass of scotch is one. The balance in your 401k is typically another. When it comes to aging for men, we gain wisdom, our tastes grow more refined, and we usually enjoy a general sense of fulfillment.
Of course, growing older isn’t all distinguished gray hairs and disposable incomes—and one of the things most of us will fight tooth and nail to hold onto is our sexual activity and desire.
Paying more than a passing glance at any TV commercial break will paint a depressing picture; apparently all men immediately become lethargic and lose their libido as soon as they turn 50. Per the gentle narrator intoning over these ads though, one or two tiny little pills could seemingly solve your erectile dysfunction and all those problems nearly instantly.
Slim chance. Still, it’s no wonder there are so many questions regarding what age men stop being sexually active—if ever. These concerns become more and more pertinent as we age and our bodies don’t act in quite the same ways they always have. These changes can come with both negative and positive consequences, however. After 50, you’re likely to begin experiencing:
- Less Firm and Slower Forming Erections
Don’t worry, it’s perfectly normal for arousal to take a bit longer than in your younger years. This may be due to erectile dysfunction, but may also be biology at work. A diagnosis from a men’s medical professional will be able to determine the root causes and signs of ED in more detail.
- Premature Ejaculation
PE can either remain a problem or return anew as we get older. Up to 31% of men between 50 and 65 have experienced bouts of PE, so don’t think you’re alone. There are many methods that can be practiced to help stop premature ejaculation in conjunction with therapy from a specialized men’s medical center.
- Syncing With Your Partner
The lament of younger women tends to fall along the speed with which we tend to achieve sexual satisfaction. However, as you get older, you’ll notice your timelines seem to naturally match better. The additional time necessary to get turned on and ready for action for you may also result in increased levels of happiness and cohesion between the two of you well into your latter decades.
So, as you approach the back half of your life, should you go ahead and nix a great sex life out of your plans? No way.
Do Men Ever Stop Being Sexually Active?
For men, there is no linear relationship between getting older and losing your sex drive. In fact, the right healthy habitscan help you maintain your sexual vigor well past what society would have you think.
No matter what, one thing that you can rest assured won’t ever change, is your ability to derive physical pleasure from sex.
While everyone is different when it comes to their sexual appetites and physical health, research has generally shown that men enjoy a sexual “life expectancy” of between seven and eight and a half decades. That’s a great run, no matter how you look at it.
A nationwide study conducted in 2010 found that nearly 40% of men between the ages of 75 and 85 reported that they were still sexually active. More than that, just over 70% of those men described their sex life as “high” in quality.
A national survey conducted by the University of Michigan in 2018 unearthed similar data. Among both men and women between the ages of 65 and 80, 65% said they were still interested in sex. 54% noted sex as an important aspect of their relationship with their partners, and 40% were still sexually active on a regular basis.
The good news here is that the desire to keep having as much sex as possible is likely shared by both you and your significant other—and you both consider it an important facet of your lives together. Yet according to the 2018 survey, there remains a glaring discrepancy between those who wish to continue having sex, and those that are.
Is this where the concerns over how long a man can stay sexually active arise from? What can be done to bridge the gap if you find yourself in the former group rather than the latter?
Natural Ways Older Men Can Stay Sexually Active
A hint can be found in both the 2010 and 2018 reports. In all cases, the men who reported higher amounts of sexual activity and quality also indicated that they were in very good to excellent health. This should be rather obvious, but the correlation is still strong enough to warrant extra emphasis. The key component here is most likely testosterone.
As you already know, testosterone is the male sex hormone. You likely also know that our T levels decline as we get older. Low testosterone (also known as Low-T) is behind all kinds of male ailments, with your bedroom performance being one of the ones near the top.
It isn’t just age that can have a negative impact on our testosterone—and by proxy, our sexual performance and satisfaction. T levels can be harmed exponentially by poor health habits, including the following:
- Poor Diet
- Lack of Exercise
- Excessive Alcohol Consumption
Fortunately, most of the things potentially threatening your testosterone levels and overall libido are within your control. Others, like some cardiovascular medications, can possibly be swapped out by your physician.
Treatments For Men to Stay Sexually Active
Getting back into a healthier routine is one thing—but what if you need a little extra help? Well, with age comes wisdom; the 2018 survey found that more than 60% of those within the 65-80 age group reported that they would consult with a men’s health professional should they experience sexual dysfunction of some sort.
This is encouraging, especially as there are a great many ways the male libido can be enhanced compared with decades past. Advancements in medical practices, along with an increased understanding of our bodies, have led to innovative ED treatment methods like acoustic wave therapy. There have also been great strides made in the treatment of adrenal fatigue and low testosterone, and even the emergence of the study of male menopause.
You Deserve Great Sex at Any Age
The bottom line is, just because you’re approaching retirement from the boardroom doesn’t mean you have to take a break in the bedroom. You can have great sex again—and again and again—well into your later years.
If you’re suffering from sexual health issues like erectile dysfunction or premature ejaculation, contact the men’s health professionals at Prime Men’s Medical Center today to book an appointment and learn how.