Sex doesn’t have to stop at 40 (or 35 or 30). You can maintain healthy sexual wellness no matter what age you are.
What Sex Looks Like as You Age
As you move through the years, what sex looks like changes. After the rush of hormones and hurried teenage sex, you enter your twenties, where you discover the sensual side of sex. Now, this is where the real fun begins.
Once you realize that sex is more than just a chase to an orgasm, it opens a whole world of possibilities to take things a bit slower and experiment.
Men typically hit their peak vitality between the ages of 25 and 30. From there, the time to achieve arousal and completion lengthens. Once men pass into their 40s, many experiences some form of erectile dysfunction; however, following some tips below can help maintain vitality and a healthy hormonal state.
Women tend to vary a lot more. Despite the widespread belief that women don’t peek until their late 30s, there is no proper set time to predict a woman’s highest vitality. Some women, especially those who maintain a more active, athletic lifestyle, can have incredibly high sex drives and active sex life regardless of age.
Childbirth seriously disrupts a woman’s hormonal cycle and sex life. Several of the hormones necessary for nurturing children also suppress sex drive. If a woman has multiple children, her sex life can drop dramatically in the years following.
And then menopause changes everything again. For some women, perimenopause and menopause trigger significant fluctuations in hormone production. This can mean some women find their sex drive going into overtime, while others find it drops to nothing. And the same is true after menopause – some women may lose all interest in sex or find a renewed vigor.
What You Can Do to Help Balance Your Hormones for a Healthy Sex Life
If you want to maintain a healthy sex life, the answer is not to go out and have more sex. The real solution is maintaining proper hormonal production and supporting your body’s health and wellness.
There are three big ways you can do this:
Exercise – Healthy muscle tone, good endurance, and being active every day mean you have the energy for sex. Plus, it can help suppress cortisol, the hormone that can suppress your sex drive.
Eat healthy fats – Hormones come from healthy fats, particularly cholesterols. Those hormones include testosterone, estrogen, and feel-good endorphins. Eating a diet filled with fruits and vegetables and healthy fats from natural sources can give your body what it needs to safely and correctly produce the hormones it needs to support a healthy sex drive.
Get some sleep – Poor sleep creates stress, and stress is a mood killer. It can keep your mind running in circles and increase the stress hormone cortisol, which causes you to gain weight and suppresses your sex drive.
You can choose supplements like fish oils, CoQ-10, Maca, horny goat weed, and saw palmetto (guys only) for help feeling more arousal. Be sure to talk to your doctor before taking any supplement.
Overall, keeping your body healthy helps increase your sex drive. And remember, it’s quality over quantity. The better you feel and the healthy you are, the more you’ll have the desire for quality sex.
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