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Sexual health

Loving in later life

Desiring sex and having sexual relationships does not go away as we get older.

Older people can get Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) too. It is easy to forget if we are in a new relationship and new to the whole dating experience that we need protection. Older people are less likely to use condoms because they do not consider themselves to be at risk but they are just as likely to get an STI as a younger person. The most common STIs are Herpes, Genital Warts, Chlamydia and HIV. As we age our immune system becomes less effective and our risk of getting an STI increases.

Your changing body

It is an inevitable fact that, however young we feel inside, physically our body is changing. You may also be suffering from sexual problems related to age. Men may find it more difficult to get and maintain an erection, while women find lubrication a problem.

There are drop-in clinics available in Suffolk, call 0300 123 3650 for details. www.suffolksexualhealth.com

The health benefits of sex

There are many reasons why regular sex is good for you. In women, it can increase blood oestrogen levels, helping to protect against coronary heart disease and osteoporosis, and helps keep the pelvic floor muscles toned, reducing the risk of incontinence. In men, sex releases hormones which help strengthen bones and muscles, protects against heart disease and may relieve congestion in the prostate gland. For both sexes it is a great stress reliever, induces sleep and is fun!

Useful steps and advice

  1. If you are dating and having sex, be safe and use a condom. Sexually transmitted diseases affect the young and old.
  2. Discuss areas of concern such as erectile dysfunction with your GP or Practice Nurse.
  3. Sex has many health benefits It is fun, it keeps you active and is a great stress reliever!
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