Sexuality is a big part of being human. Love, affection and sexual intimacy all play a role in healthy relationships. They also contribute to your sense of well-being. A number of disorders can affect the ability to have or enjoy sex in both men and women. Concerns about infertility or fear of unplanned pregnancy can also come into play.
You often hear about the importance of physical health, mental health and spiritual health, but feeling confident about your sexual health also is very important. Achieving sexual health allows for:
That’s why it’s essential to be well-informed about all aspects of sexual health and what it takes to have a fulfilling sex life. Similarly, it’s important to be aware of factors that can complicate your sexual health. Don’t let embarrassment keep you from bringing up concerns or asking questions of your doctor or other health care providers.
Men’s sexual health
Men’s sexual health is an important aspect of men’s health, whether you’re trying to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections or you’re worried about erectile dysfunction or other men’s sexual health problems.
For some men, worries about penis size top the list of their sexual health concerns. However, you’re probably more normal than you think — and penis-enlargement products and procedures aren’t likely to be effective.
As you get older, understand common changes in men’s sexual health — and how to maintain a healthy and enjoyable sex life at any age.
Women’s sexual health
Women’s sexual health is an important aspect of women’s health, whether you’re trying to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections or you’re worried about low sex drive or other women’s sexual health problems.
Learn how to achieve a fulfilling sexual relationship, and know how to protect you from sexually transmitted infections. As you get older, understand common changes in women’s sexual health — and how to maintain a healthy and enjoyable sex life at any age.
Sex and aging
Are sex and aging like oil and water? No! Many older adults desire and enjoy an active sex life. And an active interest in sex, as well as satisfaction with the frequency and quality of sexual activity, is positively associated with health in later life. So don’t let anyone tell you that sex is only for the young.
Of course, there are some challenges when it comes to sex and aging. Physical changes, illness, disabilities and some medicines can make sex challenging or difficult to enjoy. Yet, many resources are available to older adults to help them achieve a satisfying sex life. Don’t be afraid to bring up concerns with your doctor or other health care provider.
And remember, whatever your age, take precautions to protect yourself from sexually transmitted infections.