Your Sexual Life Throughout Each Decade of Your Life
All you need to know about sexual health decade by decade, a guide on fertility, contraception and satisfaction with your partner. "Every sexual stage has its characteristics. For youth, with or without experience, is much endowed with youthful vigor. In adulthood the refinement of each other’s body language. At the elderly stage, the privilege of tenderness, a fine touch and the delicacy reserved for the experts goes to the victor. Sexual pleasure never ends, and it never should. The more we learn with our partners, the better: sex deepens the bond of love. We are responsible for the world of pleasure we create. Learning to do it consumes our lives and it is worth it." - Psychologist and Sexologist Isabel Boschi
In our sex life, the key to getting everything we want and need is insight and understanding of our body and everything related to it, or at the very least have the courage to ask questions if you have any doubts. However, sexologists say, not many people dare to talk about these issues, and this is precisely what leads to not being able to fully enjoy sex with our partners. Information and good communication are a tool for building good health and relationship, and in this article we hope to clarify and provide important prevention measures for a more healthy sexual life. So we wrote this particular article about everything that you might need to take into consideration when it comes to sexuality at the different stages of your life. We have divided all of our research into four main themes:
- Sexual Health
- Birth Control
Decade in decade out, it is important to know how to take care of yourself, preventive measures and medical advice on these important areas of all of our lives.
1. SEXUAL HEALTH
From 20 to 29 years of age • This is the decade at which you are at most risk of contracting STDs. This is probably because young people tend to have sex with a larger amount of people, which puts them at greater risk. Moreover, in the case of women, this age, the cells outside of the cervix are more fragile and, therefore, more susceptible to infections. • Two of the major STDs from which we have to take special care at this age are chlamydia and human papillomavirus (also called HPV). • Chlamydia, if left untreated, can damage the fallopian tubes, which may lead to infertility. Moreover, it is important to note that Chlamydia has no symptoms, so it is wise to ask your gynecologist to request an analysis for the detection of Chlamydia every year. If the results are positive, it is necessary that this person's partner also perform the analysis to avoid the re-infection of your partner once he or she has made the appropriate treatment, which involves the prescription of antibiotics and a new analysis in three months. • As for HPV, human papillomavirus, the HPV vaccine is recommended, but it is important not to ignore your regular Pap smears or to stop using condoms because the HPV vaccine (which is given in three doses) only protects against some strains of the virus that can cause cervical cancer. From age 30 to 39 • During this decade, we have to pay attention to the possible appearance of new symptoms. • For example, if your periods are more intense and you present pain during intercourse, it may signal the presence of uterine fibrosis, which are tumors -usually benign- affecting two out of five women in this stage of life, and that may increase the risk of a spontaneous abortion. • If the fibroids are small, often oral contraceptives can relieve all symptoms of pain and bleeding. • If they are big, It may require a myomectomy (which is removal of the fibroids without removing the healthy part of the uterus) or the embolization of fibroids (which is a treatment to stop the flow of blood to the same fibroids in order for them to shrink). Starting from your 40’s • There is no reason to have to endure the hormonal imbalances that begin to occur at this age. Many women believe they must resign themselves to suffer the symptoms of perimenopause symptoms such as vaginal dryness and urinary incontinence which originate with fluctuations in the levels of estrogen which are normal for this age; however, there are many ways to relieve these symptoms. • For example, vaginal dryness, a water-based lubricant or estrogen cream can be used (which is less risky than taking oral hormone therapy since it is only applied in a small area). • Another option is to have sex more often: some research suggests that women who have sex more frequently present more lubrication. As for urinary incontinence, there are so-called Kegel exercises, which can help control leakage with the use of Ben Wa balls.
From 20 to 29 years of age • The pill or an intrauterine device may be used (Also known as an IUD). From age 30 to 39 • In women over 35, oral contraceptives can increase the risk in the forming of thrombosis if the woman smokes. To be safe, or if one has had a baby and wants to get pregnant again, experts recommend the use of non-hormonal contraceptive methods such as condoms or a diaphragm. Starting from your 40’s If you have not quite determined not to have more children, you may consider the possibility of placing an intrauterine device, or IUD (Ask your doctor if it applies).
From 20 to 29 years of age • The most important thing ever is communication in this decade and always. As a couple, you must be open and have counted honest dialogues when it comes to what everyone likes as far as sex is concerned. In general, couples who talk to each other about what they like and what they usually, dislike last longer and enjoy sex better. From age 30 to 39 • To the gym! This may not seem to be related to sex, but at this age, the key to enjoying sex is physical exercise. Usually, women have already had children at this age, and pregnancy and childbirth have a great effect on the body, mind and libido. Many times, having gone through this change the lives of women because they feel that their body is not the same. • According to studies, exercising regularly helps you feel strong, fit and flexible, which helps her to get a better picture of herself and her body and, therefore, enjoy sex more, and feel less self-conscious. Starting from your 40’s • In this case, the key is to kiss more often. It has always been thought that humans first get excited and then look for sex, but research that led to this theory is only based on the behavior of men. As for women; the latest studies show that many do not feel excitement until they start to kiss and caress their partner. • It is also important to make time to relax since stress has a large influence on the lack of sexual desire. At this age, women often feel suffocated by the demands of work, children and caring for elderly parents, and this can produce a negative impact on their sex lives’. Anything that helps to relax (exercise, yoga, meditation, swim, watch a movie, etc.) and provide space for the couple to have a private encounter, can help maintain a higher libido.