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When should you see a doctor about sex after 50?

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After menopause, some women might have vaginal dryness. It can make intercourse painful. You may need to talk with your partner about more foreplay or try a silicone-based lubricant. If it’s still a problem, talk to your doctor.

Some men might find they need more stimulation to get and keep an erection. This kind of change is normal. Try to relax and enjoy your partner’s touch. But if you have an ongoing ED problem, it might be time to visit a doctor.

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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