Today more than ever before, turning 50 means you’re just starting to hit your stride. Thanks to advancements medicine, reproductive health, in particular, you can enjoy all the same activities and live like you are still in your 30s.
One of the most important things you can do for your overall health and sense of wellbeing is taking care of your reproductive health. In this article, I’m going to talk about a few things every man over 50 should know about maintaining a happy and healthy sex life.
1. Don’t Be Afraid to Address ED
The vast majority of men begin experiencing reproductive changes between the ages of 40 and throughout their 50s. Erections become slower to rise and often become less firm. These symptoms can be made more severe, to the point where you are virtually unable to achieve or maintain an erection. The condition is known as erectile dysfunction.
This situation can become worse for men with underlying issues such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
If you think you may be experiencing erectile dysfunction, don’t be afraid to talk to your doctor. There are plenty of treatments out there that can have you performing at your peak again.
2. Get Plenty of Exercise
Because underlying health issues can take a toll on your reproductive health, it’s important to get out there and take care of your body. Hiking and cycling provide great exercise while allowing you to enjoy the great outdoors. Of course, a gym membership is an excellent idea too.
It might also be a good idea to consult with a personal trainer who can help design a workout routine specifically for you. Taking active steps to reduce high blood pressure, lose weight and lower cholesterol can have a direct and positive impact on your reproductive health. Plus, it feels great to get out there and enjoy the world.
3. Eat Right
Researchers from Harvard University say eating right is an efficient and natural way to help keep overcome erectile dysfunction or aid in keeping it in check. The recommended diet is one rich in fruit, vegetables, fish and whole grains. The researchers say a key aspect of maintaining good nutrition is scaling way back or eliminating your intake of red meats, processed meats, and refined grains.
You may also want to consider a daily multivitamin with a high dose of B12, as deficiencies in this vitamin have been shown to contribute to erectile dysfunction.
4. Reduce Your Work Related Stress
Does stress from work infiltrate into your personal life? If you are one of those men who suffers sleepless nights or dreads going to work the next morning, this stress is wreaking havoc on your sex drive.
Your waning sex drive could be a result of work-related fatigue, or a result of putting too much energy and time into your job and not enough into your relationship. Hating your job is the absolute worst. In fact, a survey by the AARP showed that many people who dislike their job have problems in the bedroom. So how can you change this?
- Cut back on your workload, take some time off and spend it with your partner
- Turn off when you get home from work – no emails or phone calls
- Create a calming atmosphere to unwind after work
- Consider switching jobs
It can be hard to forget about a stressful day at work, but it’s important to try. Consider having a glass of wine, changing your clothes and putting on some nice relaxing tunes.
5. Check Your Testosterone
Most men begin experiencing a decline in the testosterone hormone. It develops during puberty and is the driving force behind a man’s healthy sex drive. By the time men reach the age of 50, the levels may be so low that they begin experiencing the tell-tale symptoms.
- Increasing fatigue
- An unexplained feeling of melancholy
- Lower sex drive
- Trouble performing sexually
- Feeling physically weaker
Today, doctors can test for low testosterone and treat this condition. Many men have experienced a dramatic increase in sex drive and an overall feeling of strength and well-being. If you think you may be suffering from low testosterone, schedule an appointment with your doctor.
6. Don’t Forget About Other Important Health Screenings
Being over 50 means keeping up on those health screenings. Part of diagnosing any sexual issues you have should involve screenings for testicular cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancer. If you’re single and playing the field, STD testing is a must.
7. Use Therapy to Win the Mental Game
When was the last time you visited a therapist, spiritual consultant or counselor? Don’t be afraid to schedule some time on a therapist’s couch every once in a while. The truth is many instances of erectile dysfunction, or sexual underperformance can be linked to psychological issues.
Put a priority on your happiness and bring some balance back into your life. You might just find that your reproductive health improves as a result.
Make the most out your 50s and beyond by putting yourself and your partner first. Proactively address the issues that could be impacting your romantic life and you’ll come out ahead every time.
About the Author
Dr. Daniel Larke is a physician who focuses his practice on the treatment of erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, and low testosterone. He is the owner of Summit Male Medical Center in Tempe, Arizona.