Men come with their own distinct set of issues in regards to their sexual activity and how it impacts their reasoning. Especially in current times, there are even fewer limitations on sexual activity in men, yet men normally have to take more time to achieve an erection as they age and it is likely to be less firm or rigid. Also, older men are far less likely to experience premature ejaculation and have longer refractory periods in their 60s and 70s. Just as women go through menopause, men too have to face the issue of hormonal changes as they age which dictate their sexual arousal levels. There are several changes that happen in men that many may not be aware of, but are common in the majority.
Just as women go through ‘the change of life’, so do men, although it is discussed far less frequently than the menopause all women over a certain age eventually experience. Andropause, commonly referred to as ‘male menopause’ or aging male syndrome (AGS), affects men between the ages of 35 and 70, but typically occurs in the early 50s. During this time, men will sense a decrease in their hormones, which affects their sexual activity. Unlike in women, however, the decline that men experience is far less dramatic than what women go through during this period. When men reach the age of around 30, less testosterone starts being produced although some men can still match the testosterone levels of men in their late 20s or 30s. Although the levels of hormone production level off and are gradual during andropause, there are still some significant physical effects to note. The most common symptoms associated with andropause include:
- lowered energy levels
- decrease in sex drive
- decreased strength and endurance
- mood swings
- erections that are less firm
Treatment alternatives include hormone replacement therapy (HRT), but this comes with its own particular set of potential risks that all men must take into consideration. One of the most dangerous side effects is that HRT could cause prostrate cancers to grow. Before deciding on this course of action, discuss with your health care provider to make an informed decision.
The Back Burner of Sexual Desire
With decreased levels of testosterone comes a decline in energy and sex drive, and while this is common in both men and women, it doesn’t necessarily mean that your sexual activities are over and done with. As we age, maintaining a healthy sex life is something that must be prioritized and there are varying approaches on how to reach a point that is enjoyable and exciting for all parties involved. A man of a certain age can still keep the flame on in his sex life but must bear in mind that igniting it may take more time and energy than in years previous. Men that are not in a relationship should also remember that sexual organs should be exercised in order to maintain peak performance, so taking matters into your own hands may be the solution to having firm erections once a partner enters the picture. There are other factors that contribute which include stress, depression, medications, and relationship problems. For those men that are experiencing more problems that continue to pose significant problems, consult a physician.
What Erectile Dysfunction Is NOT
What many men are unaware of is the fact that impotence is not a direct result of aging as is normally assumed. Diseases that do come with age, however, can increase a man’s risk of erectile dysfunction. Impotence can be caused by a host of issues, including emotional, mental, and physical factors. Certain medications or too much alcohol consumption can also be the catalyst for erectile dysfunction and should be monitored by a physician in order to determine the best course of action to treat them. And with so many potential factors, there are also just as many ways in which to best deal with them for better health. They include:
- healthier eating habits
- regular exercise
- decreased alcohol consumption
- reduced stress
- quit smoking
The PDE5 Inhibitor Market
Drugs used to treat impotence have grown significantly over the years as more have come on the market to help treatment the problems many men suffer from regarding their sexual activity. Far more effective than medical devices that are available on the market, erectile dysfunction drugs like Levitra, Cialis, and Viagra function by blocking the enzyme that interferes with blood flow directed towards the penis. Unlike injections, which result in erections without stimulation, drugs like Viagra illicit a more natural approach to sex and are now preferred over other methods. As with many prescription medications, however, they come with their own set of side effects, and before using them, it is advisable to speak with your primary care physician to determine if they could work for you.
Men must note that there is more to sex than just the act itself and problems surrounding impotence should be addressed by both parties in the relationship for the best results. Maintaining intimacy is one of the key factors in sexual confidence along with keeping the lines of communication open. The age of sexual reasoning in men goes far beyond merely penetration and erection, and it takes a strong man to get to the crux of giving and receiving pleasure.