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Sex Ages Well

An active sex life can help older couples stay healthier

If you have a loving relationship with someone, you know that sexuality is an important part of that bond. But sometimes, when people get older, they lose sight of that fact.

According to an article from ABC News, there's no good reason why older people should give up on their sex life. On the contrary, having an active sex life can help you stay healthy.

The article, an interview with Dr. Patricia Bloom, says sexual activity promotes brain function and may contribute to living a longer life. She adds, however, that it's not clear whether having sex leads to a longer life, or whether those who are healthy enough to have sex are also healthy enough to lead longer lives. But there's some truth to the use-it-or-lose-it theory, that having regular sex makes it more likely that you can maintain the ability to have sex.

Bloom says older people should focus on a wide range of physical intimacy, not just intercourse. And she says older people need to get beyond the idea that they shouldn't talk about sex or shouldn't want to continue enjoying it.

Some older women fear that, after a hysterectomy, they will be unable or uninterested in having sex. That does not have to be the case, according to this article from USA TODAY.

To find out more about products being developed that can help battle a wide array of sexually transmitted diseases, you can read this article from Women.com.

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