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What are ways to enjoy sex after 50 if you have arthritis or back pain?

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If arthritis or ongoing pain makes sex less enjoyable, try a new position that’s easier on your body or use pillows for support.

If you have back pain, for instance, have sex side-by-side instead of in the missionary position, which can make back pain worse.

Plan sex for a time of day when you feel your best. Ahead of time, take a warm bath or some pain medicine if you need it so that you'll be more relaxed.

From: 7 Tips for Better Sex After 50 WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

AARP: "5 Myths About Sex and Aging," "How Sex Changes for Men After 50," "When Making Love Hurts," "Are You Healthy Enough for Sex?" “6 Ways to Make Lovemaking Great,” “7 Meds That Can Wreck Your Sex Life.”

National Institute on Aging: "Sexuality in Later Life," "Exercise & Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide from the National Institute on Aging."

Mayo Clinic: “Exercise: 7 benefits of regular physical activity,” “Senior Sex Tips.”

Boston University School of Medicine: “Erectile Dysfunction and Bicycling.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 23, 2018

SOURCES:

AARP: "5 Myths About Sex and Aging," "How Sex Changes for Men After 50," "When Making Love Hurts," "Are You Healthy Enough for Sex?" “6 Ways to Make Lovemaking Great,” “7 Meds That Can Wreck Your Sex Life.”

National Institute on Aging: "Sexuality in Later Life," "Exercise & Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide from the National Institute on Aging."

Mayo Clinic: “Exercise: 7 benefits of regular physical activity,” “Senior Sex Tips.”

Boston University School of Medicine: “Erectile Dysfunction and Bicycling.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 23, 2018

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