Intimacy and Aging: Supporting Sexual Health

Intimacy and Aging: Supporting Sexual Health

As you get older, your body doesn't work quite the way it used to: your vision, hearing and memory may change. A thriving sex life might seem like a distant memory, as well… but it doesn't have to be! With a healthy lifestyle and targeted nutrition, you and your partner can enjoy intimacy well into your golden years.

  1. Sexual support for men

    Blood flow is key to all aspects of a man's health, including sexual function. Fortunately, a healthy lifestyle will keep things moving. First step: stop smoking and limit or eliminate your alcohol consumption, increase your physical activity and eat a healthy, balanced diet. Beyond that, there are nutritional options to support peak performance when the mood strikes. Kaempferia parviflora is a hormone-free way to promote nitric oxide synthesis, which relaxes blood vessels, enabling a healthy male sexual response.

  2. Move over, menopause

    As a woman ages, her sexual response slowly declines, and menopausal discomforts are more than likely to blame. Certainly for women over 50, vaginal dryness can get in the way of sexual pleasure, while hot flashes and mood swings are hardly an aphrodisiac! Siberian rhubarb has been shown to reduce these and other irritating menopausal discomforts. Meanwhile, botanical extracts such as Angelica gigas, Phlomis umbrosa and Cynanchum wilfordii may promote a more youthful sexual response, while maca root extract may also support female sexual health.

  3. Intimacy is emotional, too

    Whether impacts on sexual function are your partner's, your own, or you're both dealing with changes that are impacting intimacy, the key is to listen, communicate and stay connected with one another—after all, you are in this together!

General Sexual Health

To maintain sexual health, you should address your nutritional needs and make sure your body is in good shape.

Sexual Health Information & Research

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How can you optimize your sexual health?

Sexual health has both mental and physical components. Both must be supported in order to optimize sexual health—this goes for both men and women. Make sure stress isn’t affecting your relationship with your partner. To support the physical aspect of sexual health, make sure you’re in good shape. Lose weight if you need to, eat healthy and exercise. Both men and women should have their hormone levels tested through a blood test.

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What can a woman do to support vaginal health?

Women who are not satisfied with physical aspects of their sex lives should have their hormone levels tested. Normal, age-related hormone decline can contribute to sexual discomfort. Be sure to consult with a doctor. In addition, supplementation with Siberian rhubarb extract has been shown to support several measures of women’s sexual health, including vaginal comfort.

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How can a man promote sexual performance?

Cardiovascular health and testosterone signaling are critical components of men’s sexual health. The first priority for men who aren’t satisfied with their sex lives should be to make sure they are in good shape. Eat right, exercise and maintain a healthy weight. Get a testosterone blood test to see if hormone levels are in the healthy range. Consuming a standardized extract of Thai black ginger (K. parviflora) has been shown to promote male sexual response as well as function.

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